There’s little over a week to go before Britain’s newest steam locomotive, the replica Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 2-4-2T No. 762 Lyn, makes its public debut at the L&B’s ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ on September 30-October 1.
The unique Baldwin-designed locomotive has recently been outshopped in Southern Railway olive green livery, the colour scheme the engine carried after it was overhauled at Eastleigh in 1929.
It will be paired with the railway’s four-coach rake of authentic L&B carriages at the gala, the first time the line has been able to field a complete L&B train of its own making.
Lyn steamed for the first time on July 8 at Alan Keef Ltd, Ross-on-Wye, albeit in undercoat. It left the works on a low-loader for its new home at Woody Bay on September 11.
The L&B’s other resident locomotives - Kerr Stuart 0-6-0T Works No. 2451 ‘Axe’, Bagnall 0-4-2T Works No. 3023 ‘Isaac’ - will be in steam at the event.
In the run-up to Lyn’s launch, Keith Vingoe, the L&B’s Director of Marketing, has said: “Please do not descend upon us expecting to be able to see the loco because, for the time being, Lyn will be spending most of its time in the shed.”
All day tickets cost £15 for adults, £12 for concessions, whilst a family ticket (2 adults + 3 children) will cost £36. Children under 5 go free.
There is disabled parking only at Woody Bay; the railway is offering a free park & ride service from Caffyns Halt.
For more information, visit www.lynton-rail.co.uk or telephone 01598 763487.
British Railways Standard ‘4MT’ No. 75014 ‘Braveheart’ will be the special guest locomotive at the West Somerset Railway’s ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ on October 5-8.
The Riddles-designed 4-6-0 stands in for ‘5MT’ No. 73082 Camelot, which had to withdraw from the event as the 73082 Camelot Locomotive Society was “not able to complete the arrangements in good time prior to the departure of the locomotive at the beginning of next month.”
It is hoped the Bluebell Railway-based Standard Five will be available to visit the WSR sometime next year.
‘Braveheart’, resident at the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway, will be only the second Standard Four to grace the Bishops Lydeard-Minehead line, the first being No. 75069 in 1994. The locomotive will be joined by visiting ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 7714, courtesy of the Severn Valley Railway.
Eight other steam locomotives will be in action at the four-day event: ‘Manors’ Nos. 7820 Dinmore Manor and 7822 Foxcote Manor, ‘Modified Hall’ No. 6960 Raveningham Hall, S&DJR ‘7Fs’ Nos. 53808 and 53809, LMS ‘4F’ No. 44422, Peckett 0-4-0ST Works No. 1788 Kilmersdon and Barclay 0-4-0ST Works No. 1219 Caledonia Works.
Tickets for the WSR ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ can be purchased 01643 704996 or www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk.
Unique Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT Bellerophon has been revealed as the second visiting locomotive to the Severn Valley Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ on March 16-18 next year.
The Foxfield Railway-based locomotive will be making its debut on the SVR at the three-day event, courtesy of the Vintage Carriage Trust.
Bellerophon joins visiting ‘B12’ No. 8572 at the gala, with the LNER 4-6-0 making its first appearance on the SVR for 20 years, having last graced the line in 1998. It is expected that the North Norfolk Railway-based locomotive will be paired with the SVR’s Gresley teak set during the gala.
The event will also mark the first gala appearance of BR Standard ‘4MT’ No. 75069, which is now in the final stages of its ten-yearly overhaul at the railway’s Bridgnorth works, and is expected to re-enter traffic later this year.
It is understood that there will be a total of four visiting steam locomotives at the 2018 ‘Spring Steam Gala’ and although the identities of these engines have yet to be confirmed, the SVR confirmed they will be announced in the coming weeks.
One SVR resident that won’t be at the gala next year is rebuilt ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34053 Sir Keith Park, which will be taking up permanent residence at the Swanage Railway from January next year after its current five-year agreement with the Severn Valley Railway expires at the end of 2017 (see SR471).
A diminutive steam tram – one of the smallest locomotives in Britain - has moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, one of the biggest preserved lines in the country.
Belgian-built Cockerill 0-4-0VBT ‘Lucie’ (Works No. 1625 of 1890) has been sold by the Middleton Railway near Leeds to two private individuals who have shipped the steam tram to the NYMR for restoration.
Middleton Railway Trust Chairman, Malcolm Johnson, said: “This historic little locomotive has seen little use at Middleton and we are delighted to be able to see it go to a new home where it will be able to be restored and used occasionally.”
‘Lucie’ arrived at Grosmont on the NYMR on September 12 and it is understood restoration will begin after the railway’s ‘Autumn Steam Gala’ on September 29-October 1.
The departure of the Cockerill 0-4-0VBT from the Middleton Railway coincided with the arrival of Mersey Docks & Harbour Board Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0DM No. 45. The diesel has been transferred to Middleton from the East Somerset Ralway-based Sentinel Diesel Preservation Group.
Mr Johnson said: “We are delighted to have acquired this historic locomotive and it will now become part of our ‘Leeds Collection’ of locomotives manufactured in the city. It has been well maintained and is a great example of Leeds engineering.”
As the locomotive is vacuum fitted and in full working order, it will enter service on Saturday passenger trains as soon as sufficient drivers have been trained in its use.
Tickets are now on sale for new-build ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado’s forthcoming visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway in March next year.
The Peppercorn 4-6-2 will be running on the NYMR on March 3-11 (excluding March 9), and follows in the footsteps of Stanier ‘7P’ No. 46100 Royal Scot and ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman in opening the railway’s operating season.
NYMR General Manager, Chris Price, said: “We’re very excited about the arrival of the iconic locomotive and are sure it will delight visitors travelling up and down our line.
“Over the years we’ve had many guest locomotives visit us and we expect Tornado to be one of the best yet. With its searing speed and fantastic recent history, it’s sure to be a head turner!”
Weekend fares are £35 for adults and £17.50 for children, reducing to £33 and £16.50 respectively for mid-week journeys and groups (20+). For further information, telephone the railway on 01751 472508, or email Customer Services via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visiting big name locomotives have become the norm for the NYMR’s season-opening events, replacing the traditional Spring gala.
Flying Scotsman generated £1.5 million in gross income for the railway when it graced the line in 2016, and while Royal Scot didn’t enjoy quite the same success as the ‘A3’, it “still netted a considerable profit,” said Mr Price at the time (SR466).
It is understood that No. 60163 will not be paired with the railway’s recently repaired LNER teak set; instead the ‘A1’ will run with a Mk 1 rake.
Tornado services will depart from Grosmont at 9.30am, 12.40pm and 3.40pm on March 3/4 and 10/11, with only the 9.30am and 12.40pm services departing Grosmont on March 6-8. Tickets must be purchased in advance and dogs (except assistance dogs) will not be permitted on the Tornado services.
For more information, visit www.nymr.co.uk/Event/tornado.