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Being the newest L&B loco (the others had all been in use since 1898), Lew was the only one that wasn't scrapped following the closure of the line in 1935, and was used to dismantle the line before being shipped overseas to South America (possibly Brazil) and an uncertain fate.
Although externally similar in appearance, to Lew, Lyd incorporates a number of modern design and construction techniques to improve overall efficiency. In order to navigate Garnedd tunnel, Lyd's cab is fitted with removable side panels to change the roof profile.
Lyd was first steamed on 2 May 2010 during Ffestiniog's Quirks and Curiosities event. Lyd was repainted into a primer coat black in July 2010. On 8 August 2010, Lyd first hauled a test train and, during Welsh Highland Railway's 2010 Superpower Weekend, was first used to hauled a passenger train. On the weekend of 18–19 September 2010, Lyd visited the Launceston Steam Railway, followed up by a visit to Woody Bay on the Lynton & Barnstaple for their Autumn Gala Weekend in September 2010. accompanied by ex-Lynton & Barnstaple coach 15 (now Ffestiniog coach 14) and Ffestiniog coach 102.
Initially completed as an oil-burner, but designed for easy conversion, Lyd was converted to coal-burning during the autumn of 2011, and was first fired with coal on 12 December.
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