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TWO MWs for the L&B

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust together with the 762 Club Ltd. is pleased to announce its next project:

Several years ago, the L&BR commenced work to build a replica of ‘YEO’ a Manning, Wardle locomotive that ran on the railway from 1898 until closure in 1935. This earlier project was put on hold until the construction of ‘LYD’ at the Ffestiniog Railway was completed and operational. More detail HERE

With our Planning Permissions in place, now is the time to progress the construction of new locomotives for an extended Lynton & Barnstaple Railway; construction of both locomotive and railway will take approximately five years. Accordingly, the 762 Club is to construct not one, but two Manning, Wardle locomotives to run on the L&B. These will be ‘YEO’ and ‘EXE ‘. The company name ‘Manning Wardle’ is now owned by the L&BR Trust. Consequently, these two locomotives will be works numbers 2048 and 2049. They will not be ‘replicas’ but simply new locomotives. The design will be closely based on that of ‘LYD’ with other various improvements over the original three locos built in the 19th century.

The plan is for ‘YEO’ is to be built in North Derbyshire and ‘EXE’ at Boston Lodge. Construction will begin as soon as CAD drawings are prepared from the set used to construct ‘LYD’ and also as funds begin to accrue.

Full drawings and pattern equipment is in existence and has been made available thanks to the generosity of James Evans and the Ffestiniog Railway.

Both sets of name and SR numberplates are being sponsored by ‘Steam Railway’  magazine and have been ordered for delivery in September.

The original chimney from ‘YEO’ will be present at the gala in support of fundraising for the project. We also have an original Manning, Wardle pressure gauge restored and ready for use.

Further details of this project - an exciting step in the reconstruction of the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway - will be revealed at the launch which will take place at the September Autumn Gala.

Of course, there were four Manning Wardle locos originally!

This month's issue of Steam Railway features the launch of the project. (Reproduced HEREwith permission.)

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