New Lyn launched at L&B gala

THE 762 Club’s re-created Lynton & Barnstaple Railway (L&BR) Baldwin 2-4-2T No. 762 Lyn was launched at L&BR’s Woody Bay station on September 29 at an event for 762 Club supporters.

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway resurrected! Newly launched Baldwin 2-4-2T Lyn pulls a train of re-created L&BR carriages away from restored Woody Bay station on September 29. JOHN H BIRD

The nameplate on the fully painted locomotive was unveiled by Sir William McAlpine, with Lyn then starring in L&BR’s September 30-October 1 autumn gala.

The original Lyn was built in 1898 and scrapped in 1935 when the old L&BR closed.

The concept of building a new Lyn dates from 2006, with serious building starting in 2011.

Construction has involved preparing 7,000 drawings, producing more than 25,000 components, and spending £650,000. The 762 Club still needs to raise around £25,000 to cover recent costs.

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