£1.1m Man­ning War­dle project launched at “most suc­cess­ful gala yet”.

Steam Railway (UK) - - FOCUS - BY THOMAS BRIGHT

His­tory was made at the Lyn­ton & Barn­sta­ple Rail­way on Septem­ber 29/30, with both the of­fi­cial launch of the line’s £1.1 mil­lion new-build Man­ning War­dle project, and the union of two replica L&B lo­co­mo­tives for the first time in preser­va­tion.

Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way-based replica L&B Man­ning War­dle 2-6-2T No. E190 Lyd made a wel­come re­turn to its spir­i­tual home at the rail­way’s au­tumn gala, where it was paired with the line’s own replica Bald­win 2-4-2T No. 762 Lyn. The event marked the first time that a pair of au­then­tic L&B lo­co­mo­tives had worked to­gether on the rail­way since the line closed, 83 years ago to the day, on Septem­ber 29 1935. The lo­co­mo­tives dou­ble-headed sev­eral trains through­out the event, recre­at­ing the last train which was sim­i­larly dou­ble-headed, al­beit with Nos. 188 Lew and 759 Yeo.

The gala also marked Lyn’s re­turn to the rail­way after its visit to the Welsh High­land Rail­way for its ‘Su­per Power’ week­end on Septem­ber 15/16 (see Nar­row Gauge News), where it was in­ten­tion­ally kept apart from Lyd in or­der for the pair to be united at the L&B.

They were not the only L&B ‘lo­co­mo­tives’ present at the gala. The first parts for the line’s new Man­ning War­dles – the name and num­ber­plates for Nos. 759 Yeo and 760 Exe, spon­sored by Steam Rail­way – were on dis­play along­side Yeo’s orig­i­nal chim­ney, ac­quired from a steam­roller by Lyd’s brain­child, James Evans.

Peter Heaton-Jones MP, Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment for North Devon, of­fi­cially launched the £1.1 mil­lion project at the gala, and made a speech un­der­lin­ing the sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion the rail­way makes to ex­pand­ing the lo­cal econ­omy and restor­ing the her­itage of North Devon.

Yeo will be built at the work­shop in Der­byshire where vol­un­teers have just fin­ished restor­ing War Of­fice Hun­slet 4-6-0T No. 303, while Exe will be con­structed at the Ffes­tin­iog Rail­way’s Bos­ton Lodge. Nei­ther work­shop has the ca­pac­ity to build both lo­co­mo­tives at the same time but they will be built from the orig­i­nal Man­ning War­dle plans us­ing stan­dard­ised parts. Fur­ther­more, the L&BR Trust now owns the Man­ning War­dle name; the two new en­gines will there­fore be gen­uine Man­ning War­dle ma­chines.

L&B Press Of­fi­cer Tony Ni­chol­son said: “The gala was

one of our most suc­cess­ful yet, par­tic­u­larly on the Satur­day when the weather was su­perb – warm and sunny through­out the day. Even on Sun­day, when it was over­cast all day, the num­bers were very good.”

Any­one in­ter­ested in sup­port­ing the Man­ning War­dle project is in­vited to con­tact Jon Pain via jon­[email protected]


Spon­sored by Steam Rail­way, the name and num­ber­plates for the L&B’s new Man­ning War­dles, Nos. 759 Yeo and 760 Exe, along­sideYeo’s orig­i­nal chim­ney and an orig­i­nal Man­ning War­dle pres­sure gauge.

peTer John­son

a pair of L&B lo­co­mo­tives work­ing in har­ness for the first time since 1935 – 2017-built Bald­win 2-4-2T no. 762 Lyn leads 2010-built man­ning war­dle 2-6-2T no. E190 Lyd at the L&B’s au­tumn gala of septem­ber 29.

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