The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway in Exmoor has receieved the Heritage Railway Association's Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement at the HRA Annual Awards Dinner held on the 10th February 2018.
The award was presented to the railway for their work on the new-build locomotive 'LYN' and her four rebuilt original carriages. The loco was built at the works of the engineering contractor Alan Keef near Ross-on-Wye, and was funded by the independent charity the 762 Club.
The original LYN was built in 1898 to a unique design, ordered and delivered in a very short time by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in Philadelphia, USA and it worked on the Lynton & Barnstaple line until closure. After the auction sale it was reduced to scrap very quickly with only the nameplates surviving. LYN was a popular and distinctive engine that was also the most powerful on the line - on occasion pulling five-coach trains, one more than normally allowed.
The locomotive is an exact replica of the original LYN which was scrapped in 1935, however the actual engine on the inside is very different and claims to be one of the greenest steam locomotives to be built in the UK.
The Morgan Award was presented on Saturday for the first time by David Morgan, the former chairman of the Heritage Railway Association, at the HRA’s annual dinner and awards presentation in Birmingham.
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