Official builders photo of Lyn, 1898
Lyn was a 2-4-2 tank steam locomotive built by the Baldwin Locomotive Works in 1898 for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Between July 1897 and January 1898, employees of many British engineering companies were striking in an attempt to win the right to an eight-hour working day, leaving locomotive builders with large backlogs of unfulfilled orders. Thus, the Lynton and Barnstaple instead consulted the US based Baldwin to produce the engine they needed. After construction in Philadelphia, the loco was disassembled, shipped to Barnstaple, and reassembled by L&B staff in their Pilton workshops.
Lyn, like all the locomotives on the L&B, was named after a local river with a three-letter name, the River Lyn.
After the Lynton and Barnstaple became part of the Southern Railway, Lyn was taken to Eastleigh Works for major overhaul in 1928, returning the following year in Southern Green Livery and carrying the number E762 on the side tanks, as well as the original nameplates on the cab sides.
Lyn was scrapped in 1935, when the line closed.
In January 2009, The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust announced a project to build a replica of Lyn for use on the restored railway by 2012. By 2013, Lyn's wooden cab had been built, along with the boiler and most fittings, wheels, cylinders and many other components. CAD and modern engineering techniques are being employed to ensure that, while the finished locomotive remains true to the original in appearance, it will perform much more efficiently and be easier to maintain and operate. Final assembly is being carried out by Alan Keef Ltd. who has had experience with other Baldwin locos, such as the restoration of Baldwin 794 for the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. Lyn will be finished in the colours and configuration as the original Lyn after returning from overhaul in 1929. The originally quoted completion date has slipped, and is now expected to be during the first half of 2016.
- Victorian Railways NA class Slightly larger locos of the same era, and similar design.
- Spartacus Educational article on the Amalgamated Society of Engineers (Retrieved 28 August 2012)
- Heritage Railway Magazine retrieved 27 January 2009
- The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Magazine Issue 87 Winter 2008/9 published by The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Trust.
- 762 Club website (retrieved 9 December 2015)
- Official website of the 762 Club - the team building a replica of the 1898 original