THE National Railway Museum has begun an investigation into the true origins and identity of one of preservation’s most enigmatic locomotives – the Hetton Colliery loco Lyon of 1855.
Dr Michael Bailey and Dr Peter Davidson, both world-leading specialists in the field of locomotive investigation, descended upon Locomotion at Shildon on April 9 to begin a detailed analysis of the loco, which was brought to Shildon from Beamish Museum, where it had been on display for the previous eight years.
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The privately funded investigation aims to unravel many of the mysteries that surround the loco, such as its definitive build date and true identity.