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LYN Lives! Saturday 8th July 2017


LYN is currently at Alan Keef's works near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire.
The site is not open to the public.

Video by Trevor Garnham

Video from YouTube courtesy traindriver35

Video from YouTube courtesy superbikeruk

Another video HERE by Bugster

Four photos from Trevor Garnham

At its opening in May 1898, the legendary narrow-gauge Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in North Devon was equipped with three Manning Wardle 2-6-2 tank engines. Two months later they were joined by a Baldwin 2-4-2.  The Baldwin was named 'LYN' but commonly referred to by the staff as 'The Yankee'.

LYN was built to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA. When the Southern Railway took over the line in 1923, they added a letter E (For Eastleigh works - the Southern shed Pilton was seconded to) as well as the number 762.

Despite a few teething problems, LYN was a popular and distinctive engine that was also the most powerful on the line - on occasion pulling five-coach trains, one more than normally allowed.

Closure of the line came in September in 1935, and after the November auction when LYN was sold for £50 it was quickly reduced to pile of scrap with only the nameplates, head-lamp and gauge glass surviving.

The 762 Club - a registered charity - was set up to construct, own and maintain a new LYN for operation on the new Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. The loco is not a replica, but a new-build and is the most advanced steam engine to-date built in the UK to use a gas producer combustion system.

Come and see the loco at its first public steaming at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Autumn Gala at Woody Bay Station September 30th 2017.


What a remarkable day, and a fantastic one for all concerned- A ghost from the past awaketh.
The railway now appears to be gathering a huge amount of momentum, interest and goodwill behind it- this coming just days after ENPA unanimously endorsed the rebuilding of the railway in its Local Plan.
There are great things ahead, and yes, they are going to be expensive, but my God, they're going to be fun!
As the old song went: "No matter if ya young or old, get together an' let the good times roll!"

By Mark Thompson

Just fantastic - a truly wonderful day and my congratualtions to all concerned. The rebirth of the L & B goes from strength to strength and I am looking forward to seeing her at Woody Bay in September. I just hope I live long enough to see her with a train at Chelfham!

By Gerry Beale

For just one of those who had distance, time or domestic arrangements prohibiting a visit to Keef' s event, many thanks for making "LYN" alive and complete for all to see by delighted supporters of the project.

By Alan Christophe...

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