This is awesome.
To explain why to those of you who aren’t total train dorks like me, the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway’s Lyd is a modern rebuild of an otherwise extinct class of unique narrow gauge steam locomotives employed by the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway through 1935 when the line closed and all but one of these locomotives was scrapped, and the only remaining loco, Lew, was shipped overseas and never heard from again, a mystery which could probably have a decent length novel written about it.
Lyd is a replica of the lost Lew, and after a great deal of buildup and suspense she has been revealed to the public in full period accurate Southern Railway colors for the first time.
Lyd was actually completed about a year ago, which I believe makes her one of the youngest steam locomotives in the world right now, if not the absolute youngest.
For her debut she wore a temporary black coat in case they had to disassemble her to fix anything during mechanical testing, and then an awesomely anachronistic British Railways livery that would have been applied had the Lynton & Barnstaple survived a few decades longer.
Incidentally, if you search “the lynton and barnstaple railway” in Google, my own page on the railway is currently the third result beneath the official site of the L&B’s modern successor and the L&B’s Wikipedia page. This fact has come as quite a shock to me, as I’ve done nothing of importance to the railway and would rather the books and websites I got my knowledge from get the spotlight.
In any case, the first official photos of Lyd in her new colors can be found on the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highgland Railway’s site HERE HERE HERE.
Even though the steam locomotive’s heyday has faded close to half a century ago, it’s really awesome that they’re dedicated people around with the talent and desire to scratch-build and operate full scale steam locomotives and maintain entire railways to run them on.
Also, the sound of Lyd’s whistle made my dog bark when I watched a YouTube video of her about a year ago. I tweeted this and got retweeted by the the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highgland Railway’s Twitter feed, at which point I temporarily died.
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