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Project Lyn and the 762 Club

Recreating L&B Railway History

An Eric Leslie rendition of the planned new locomotive for the L&B

A unique and exciting new-build project for the L&B!

Plans are now well advanced to deliver replica Baldwin No. 15965, LYN, to Woody Bay for the September Gala, 2017. The new locomotive - which was designed and built in just 8 years, at a cost of some £600,000 - was first publicly steamed on 8th July and looks externally just like the original, while benefitting from modern engineering techniques, such as welded tanks (with dummy rivets!), higher boiler pressure and roller bearings.

The 762 Club, although closely linked to the L&B, was set up as a separate company to raise money, build, maintain and operate the new locomotive for use on the L&B.

For more information - including photos and videos - of the historic LYN, progress on the construction, and details of how you can become involved in this fascinating project, which has garnered worldwide support, or just to keep in touch with what is going on, see the project's own website at

 The new cab for LYN - along with one of the wheel patterns - appeared at Woody Bay for the 2010 Autumn Gala

Since 2013, regular monthly "LYNformation" bulletins have been posted to the 762 website, including details of the latest progress, and photos of various components as they are constructed.

Update: 8th July 2017

A little later than anticipated, The 762 Club issued a press release celebrating the first public steaming of LYN:

July 8th 2017, 50 years to the day post the demise of steam on the Southern Railway, and 8 years since we started the 762 Club project, saw the 762 Club proudly present a highly successful members day at Alan Keef’s Ross-on-Wye facility to see our new-build locomotive Lyn undertake her inaugural steaming.

762 Club director Jon Pain welcomed around 150 members and invited guests of the Railway media in glorious sunshine and opened proceedings where a champagne toast was raised to the locomotive before attendees in turn boarded the footplate for a short ride up and down the demonstration track. Lyn performed impeccably and those present were without exception highly impressed at her size, smooth running and quality of build.

The 762 Club pays particular thanks to all those who have supported this unique project to date including suppliers, contractors, individuals who have sponsored components and especially our loyal members who made it all possible. Particular thanks to 762 Club Director Peter Best, Richard, Jez, Patrick and team at Alan Keef for undertaking an incredible amount of work in the past few weeks to get the locomotive completed.

Excellent catering was kindly provided by the Lea Church and our thanks to Alan Keef for their support of the event and to Richard and Jez who drove the locomotive on the day.

Lyn is now undergoing the final completion, including some technical attention to the injectors, vacuum brake system completed, whistles mounted, misc. bracketry, fettling and the like, and of course her Southern Railway livery applied.

Shipment to Woody Bay will occur in September for commissioning trials, official launch and the September Gala.

Circa £25K of funds are still required to pay for works undertaken in final assembly; donations and memberships can still be made and will be most welcome.

For further information, please contact Jon Pain by email: or via the 762 Club website;


Four photos of the first steaming, taken by Trevor Garnham


Update: 6th January 2014

The 762 Club issued a press release outlining some of the progress to date, and setting a target for LYN to be in steam by December 2015:

6th January 2014 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

LYN Completion Date Announced!

The 762 Club, the group formed to create a new build of the original 1898 Baldwin locomotive for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway, is pleased to announce the projected first steaming date for “LYN”. It is going to be December 2015; just 23 short months away.

Spurred on by a record income in 2013, and new members coming on board at a rate close to 5 per month, the 762 Club believe that the momentum of fund raising, together with a significantly increased level of commercial sponsorship will allow orders to be placed with our principal contractors to make the steaming date of December 2015 a real possibility. A detailed and fully costed timetable has been agreed, with all long lead time items now having been ordered.

All components are being assembled at the Ross-on-Wye works of Alan Keef and Son ready for frames to be delivered in late 2014. Already, the boiler and saddle are complete, as well as the wheels, smokebox and many other items. A countdown page will soon be added to the 762 Club web sites, and progress towards the steaming date will be regularly updated. Also, our parts to be sponsored page will also become more dynamic and available for supporters to buy parts for “LYN”

Final additional funding will be needed to get us over the line and new members are urgently required to finish the job. If “LYN” is to steam in 2015, then we are looking for a further 150 new members each paying £762 which can be paid in 30 monthly instalments of £25.40. Please visit our web site of and sign up today!

For further information, please contact Peter Best at

Boilermaker Andy Bennett at LYN's regulator, 13th December 2013 (Photograph (c) 762 Club)
Boilermaker Andy Bennett at LYN's regulator, 13th December 2013 (Photograph © 762 Club)


Update: 1st September 2012

Steady progress continues, with the delivery to Bennett Boilers of the components for the internal regulator, manufactured by Alan Keef Engineering.

762 Club Director Jeremy Martin says:

"We always require additional funding support to keep the pace of the build moving, as can been seen from the updates over the last few months the project is making solid progress. Please help maintain this progress and contribute either through the membership route or think about sponsoring a part. It will be great to see “Lyn” at the head of the new rake of heritage coaches."

Further details, including a photo of the regulator components, can be found on the 762 Club news page

Update: 1st July 2012

With over 50% of the memberships for this project now taken up, construction is well underway, and LYD's boiler and firebox are gradually taking shape. To help support this amazing project, a number of items are available for sponsorship - including the boiler itself, for a mere £45,000!

Just added to the sponsorship items however, are a number of smaller items: over 300 boiler stays are required, each priced at £14, along with a range of other items from £100. Keep a look out though, as other items will be appearing on the sponsorship list very soon, at prices to suit all pockets!

Issue 404 (July-August 2012) of STEAM RAILWAY magazine carries an article in their ""Projects in Profile" series, about the project, entitled "Putting the 'Lyn' in Lynton & Barnstaple".

Further details of the plans, progress to date, and how you can contribute, can be found on the 762 Club website

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