Charles Wytock up for sale

LYNTON & Barnstaple Railway (L&BR)-based ex-Tongaat Sugar Co Bagnall 4-4-0T Charles Wytock (2819/1946) is up for sale.

It was restored by Graeme Walton-Binns and was bought, with a full hydraulic test certificate, by L&BR volunteer John Heys in April 2014.

Charles Wytock appeared in light steam at Woody Bay during L&BR’s September 2014 gala, and hauled its first passenger trains during the line’s May 2015 Spring Vintage Weekend.

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Rebuilt Baguley-Drewry 0-6-0DM 2393/1952 Pilton shows its new livery at Lynton & Barnstaple Railway’s Woody Bay station on November 12. PETER NICHOLSON

During an annual boiler inspection in December 2016 doubts arose over the plate thickness at the bottom of the outer firebox.

A full boiler survey in April confirmed the plate, and a small area at the bottom centre of the boiler barrel, was thin, and identified a suspect weld repair on the firebox back plate, leading to Charles Wytock not steaming this year.

The problems are repairable, but a new welded (rather than riveted) boiler appeared a better option than patching the original boiler. In the absence of a long-term steaming agreement to justify the expenditure the decision was made to sell the loco.

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