762 LYN and train approaching Woody Bay,  2004, Eric Leslie

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* * * 8th July 2017: LYN LIVES! * * *

Click the image above to view a brief video (via YouTube) produced by Trevor Garnham of TAG Video

* For an official announcement of the event - see our Press Releases * For more images of this historic event - see Gallery 7
More photos and videos to follow - check back soon.

N.B. Please do not contact Alan Keef Ltd asking to view LYN. The locomotive will be launched at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway gala on the 30th September. 762 Club members do have opportunities to see the locomotive, but only on invited members days

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CAD Drawing by Mike Nelson
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NEW! Check out our Sponsorship Page for a last-gasp opportunity to support LYN with the final components needed!

762 LYN - front view  Eric LeslieAt 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 which was reassembled at Pilton. All four locomotives were named after three-letter Devon rivers. The Baldwin was named 'LYN' but commonly referred to by the staff as 'The Yankee'. When the Southern Railway took over the line in 1923, they also gave LYN a number: E (For Eastleigh - the Southern shed Pilton was attached to) 762.

LYN; arriving at Woody Bay, September 2017 The original LYN was built to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and worked on the line until closure. After the auction sale it was reduced to scrap very quickly with only the nameplates surviving. 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.

The 762 Club - a registered charity - was formed in 2009 to design, construct, own and maintain a replacement Baldwin 2-4-2 - also named LYN of course - for operation on the new Lynton & Barnstaple Railway. Some eight years later, LYN is almost complete and will be launched at the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Autumn Gala on 30 September 2017.

The resurgent Lynton & Barnstaple Railway is planning to increase the length of line from Woody Bay to Wistlandpound via Blackmoor gate and eventually to reconstruct most of the original railway, linking Lynton to Barnstaple again. (See the All Aboard! campaign on the L&B Website.) As part of this, the Railway needs to obtain appropriate locomotives and rolling stock. LYN is the most suitable of the original locomotives for the line in the short to medium term, being efficient, flexible and comfortable - very necessary given the exposed location of the railway.

CAD Drawing of LYN by Mike Nelson - CLICK to visit We are building the new locomotive to have the appearance of the original - in the condition that it returned from a rebuild at Eastleigh works in 1929. However, we are intending to provide an efficient, easy-to-maintain and powerful engine that is fit for very many years service into the 21st Century. So, for example, there are roller bearings for the wheels, coupling and connecting rods, higher boiler pressure, welded tanks and various other improvements.

762 LYN Profile  David Fletcher Whilst we are fully subscribed we still require funds to complete the project, so why not join us today!?

Membership - Last few still available!

Download an Application Form HERE! 2014 Application FormEach membership costs £762.00. This can be a single payment or can be spread over 30 months. Please contact Jon Pain via the contact page for other options, including how to contribute from overseas. Quotations have been obtained for all the major items: main frames, boiler, wheels, cab, tanks, and many of these components are now completed or at an advanced stage of construction. Project costs are therefore based on realistic figures. Moreover, we have contacts with companies and individuals who are willing and able to assist, and are keen to see the project's successful conclusion, when LYN rides again. Members will have opportunities to work on LYN, both in the construction period and when it is running on the line. There will be plenty to get involved in!

Join us now, and get acquainted with "LYN"

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