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Chassis Runs on Air

Jul
30
2007
The chassis for Kerr Stuart Joffre 'Axe' has now reached a stage where it can be tested operating on air.
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Axe in Service: 1st March 2009

Mar
01
2009

AXE hauled its first passenger trains to begin the 2009 season.

It was a clear, dry day and the sun eventually appeared to enhance the photo opportunities. Visitors were about, as well as several members enjoying seeing AXE and riding the train. The newly completed toilet block was well received, with many favourable comments on the high standards achieved both inside and out. The shop and catering also did a healthy trade with the 110 passengers carried today.

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Axe dedication ceremony announced

Oct
29
2008
The following press release appears in today's online North Devon Gazette:

Bishop will dedicate rebuilt wartime locomotive

 Axe 18 October 2008
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Armistice Day at Woody Bay 2008

Nov
11
2008

A special ceremony to dedicate AXE - the L&B’s restored WW1 steam locomotive - to all those who served on the railways at the Western Front during the First World War took place at Woody Bay today.

Beginning at 10:50am, the dedication was performed by the Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Rev Michael Langrish, and Rear Admiral Ric Cheadle, the Devon County President of the Royal British Legion.

The event was organised jointly by the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust and the Royal British Legion, with music by the Barnstaple Youth Band.

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Boiler Takes Shape

Feb
07
2008
The boiler for locomotive 'Axe' is now rapidly taking shape at the works of Israel Newton near Bradford.
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Axe's Boiler Delivered

May
26
2008
On Friday 23rd May,  Axe's boiler was collected from Israel Newton & Sons Ltd of Bradford. The boiler is now alongside the locomotive in the Gartell Workshop.
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Axe arrives at Woody Bay, 10 November 2008

Nov
10
2008

Axe arrives at Woody Bay, 10 November 2008

Axe has arrived at Woody Bay, in time for tomorrow's dedication service.

I think the picture (thanks to Tony Nicholson) speaks for itself! (click on image for a larger view)

More pictures to follow tomorrow...

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Axe nears completion - Photo Album

Oct
27
2008

Work is continuing on Axe at the Gartell Light Railway at Templecombe in Somerset - in preparation for the forthcoming delivery to Woody Bay in just a few weeks time.

Two recent visits to the workshops show how close the L&B is to having its own steam loco in service, for the first time since 1935.

(Click on any of these images, to see a larger version)

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Boiler Steam Test

Jul
07
2008

Axe's boiler was given its first steam test last week which it passed without fault.

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