Taw (locomotive)

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L&B Crest
Lynton & Barnstaple Railway Taw
Type and origin
Power type Steam
Builder Manning Wardle, Leeds
Serial number 1363
Build date 1898
Specifications
Configuration 2-6-2T
Gauge 1 ft 11 12 in (597 mm)
Leading wheel
diameter
2 ft 0 in (0.610 m)
Driver diameter 2 ft 9 in (0.838 m)
Trailing wheel
diameter
2 ft 0 in (0.610 m)
Wheelbase Coupled: 6 ft 6 in (1.981 m)
Total: 17 ft 9 in (5.410 m)
Length 22 ft 4 in (6.81 m) over buffer beams
Width 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Height 8 ft 11 in (2.72 m)
Locomotive weight 27.25 long tons (27.69 t; 30.52 short tons)
Fuel type Coal
Firegrate area 8.85 sq ft (0.822 m2)
Heating surface:
– Total
383 sq ft (35.58 m2)
Cylinders Two, outside
Cylinder size 10.5 in × 16 in (267 mm × 406 mm)
Valve gear Joy
Career
Operator(s)
Number(s) L&B: Taw,
SR: E761
Locale Devon, South West England
Last run 29 September 1935
Scrapped December 1935

Taw was the name of a Manning Wardle 2-6-2T locomotive which was built in 1898 for Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. Taw was scrapped in 1935

Taw, like all the locomotives on the L&B, was named after the River Taw, a local river with a three-letter name.

The tradition of naming L&B steam locos after local rivers continues into the 21st Century, with Lyd, a replica of Lew (the fourth locomotive built to this basic design), operational on the Ffestiniog railway and the Welsh Highland Railway

A 7.25 inch gauge version of Taw was built by J. Horsfield in 1999 and runs on the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway.

Closer to the L&B, the railway's trust currently owns one steam locomotive - renamed Axe - which, although it did not serve on the historic L&B, has been restored for use on the new line, currently based at Woody Bay.