Replica Lynton & Barnstaple Railway loco Lyd has moved for the first time under its own steam at Boston Lodge on 5 August. The loco, which has taken 15 years to reach completion, will undergo further trials over the next few weeks in the build up to its first passenger duties at the WHR Superpower gala in September, followed by visits to Launceston and the L&B in Devon.
For the immediate future, the loco will stay in plain black as rectifying the inevitable snagging list will mean the risk of scratches and it makes no sense to risk an expensive paint job. It's likely that the loco will receive its final paint over the winter. Lyd weighs in at 25 tons.
Paul Lewin adds: After a 15 year build programme, there are still many things to do and much that could be not quite right and we have to overcome the hurdle of the ROTS inspection in a few days' time. The railway inspector has a whole raft of issues to discuss and tests to be made. This may require some extra work as may the results of the running in and commissioning trials.
You may see some interesting shots of Lyd in places various on the FR as we try to put a few miles on and iron out the snags. None of these will be passenger workings, as the first run with passengers will be for the supporters on the 11th/12th of September who will be contacted separately.
Lyd will be the last loco in the UK approved under the old ROTS legislation as the curtain finally comes down on that arrangement for heritage lines on the 30th of September.
Research by the late Handel Kardas - a huge supporter of the project in the early days - showed that E190 was the next free number had Lyd been built alongside Lew. As Handel suggested the number, his research driven by passion for the project, we adopted it.
So even if it turns out that it isn't quite the right number for some minor reason or other the passion of an inspirational supporter wins the day and we will always think of Handel when we look at that cab side.
The works plate build date will be 2010, Boston Lodge Works and it will carry FR fleet No14.