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Baldwin "Lyn" new build.

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Meiriongwril, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Mark Thompson

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    Bloody fantastic- it's the "Wide Awaketh" club!
    Now that Lyn is back home, theres some great opportunities for "then and now" shots.
     
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    Will 'Lyn' work regularly on the L&BR or just 'high days and holidays'?
     
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    I should Imagine the former. She's not built to be a drawing room loco after all
     
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    AXE's boiler certificate runs out shortly, so she will be out of action for a while. There are still a few teething issues to be ironed out with LYN, which is to be expected with any new loco, but if things go according to plan, there will be plenty of opportunities to travel behind LYN over the next several weeks, months, years...
     
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    It is uncanny, seeing her there today. A black and white photo come alive in glorious colour. There's so much that we've only really seen in B&W,(e.g WW1) but the tv companies have shown it to us in colour. The L&B was dead and gone, and we were left with just a few photographs and some memories. It really does seem to be a resurrection.

    Another thing that was a bit weird, to me, is she is new. Someone pulls out their newly restored loco, and you think, good job, but really she's an old girl done up to look like she did in her teens. But Lyn is new. Brand new, just like she was 119 years ago. Absolutely fantastic
     
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    I've noticed from all of the photographs of the gala that Lyn is operating from the down platform (I'm sure that was the down platform), rather then the standard up platform - I'm assuming this is because the pony truck issue hasn't been resolved? Is it a point work issue or an issue with the design and build of the pony truck itself?
     
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    Lyn was running in and out of both platforms yesterday (Sunday), but top and tailing with Isaac due to the less than favourable weather conditions causing poor traction (you can even hear Lyn slip at the end of the video on the L&B homepage).

    I believe there is an issue with the geometry of the release point at Killington Lane, being somewhat severe for the larger locomotives now in operation (not just Lyn). As far as I am aware, there is not an issue with the front pony truck Lyn. I think there are plans to address this point in the not too distant future. Lyn had no issues traversing the point work at Woody Bay.

    Fantastic day yesterday, despite the weather.
     

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    Thanks for the clarification, you're right I've just watched some videos where Lyn is clearly using both platforms - think I was just anxious that Lyn wasn't as perfect as she is in my head!
     
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    But it's not Maunsell livery, is it? The green is far too light and the number and lettering far too sunshine! surely the colour should be nearer to 'Summer Comes Soonest in The South?
     
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    Bloody Hell! That means that the NYMR have got it wrong on "Repton" as well. Are you going to tell them or shall I?

    Peter James
     
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    It's sad that the only thing you've got to say about such a great achievement is to complain about the colour.

    Keith
     
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    Well, the shade is exactly the same as several Maunsell-liveried engines at the Bluebell. Ditto the lettering, and I reckon they should know.
    The whole thing looks EXACTLY right to me, and a credit to all concerned.
    Mark
     
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    Not personally able to remember the original Maunsell livery first hand, I can only comment that photographs, even the best of them (i.e. not mine!) don't always, more accurately, almost never reflect what one may see on the spot. I do, however, know that green paint pigments tend to darken as they age.

    Anyhoo ..... IMHO "Lyn" looks magnificent ..... end of!!
     
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    It seems there were two shades of Maunsell green. The earlier one was described by A.B. Macleod (who else would know better) as being like a good green olive. Later the darker carriage green was substituted. Personally, I prefer the lighter, brighter green but it may not be as durable as the darker shade.

    PH
     
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    I'm not really sure if that is universally true. My impression of, say, 1638 - which has paint that is now probably about 12 years old or so - is that it has gone somewhat pale with age. I think it depends on the particular pigment, and modern pigments will not necessarily behave the same as historic ones when exposed to sunlight; nor will the effects of atmospheric pollution be the same (for example, excess sulphur in the air can darken historic lead-based pigments, but we don't use those any more...)

    All of which is really just to say that who now knows what colour the original Lyn was, or what it looked like after a few years in the sun? Even were you able to colour match on day 1 to an authentic sample of Maunsell green as ca. 1920s, whether in five years time the modern Lyn will look the same as the original Lyn after five years is an entirely different question!

    The loco looks good to me; I'm not going to obsess about the precise colour for a recreation of something previously only seen in black and white...

    Tom
     
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    Interesting observation Tom. Regarding rail applications, my recollection of BR greens of 50 years ago was definitely one of gradual darkening, though I've seen plenty of examples of old green stuff way, way overdue for repaint where sun bleaching looks to have taken over, perhaps this occurs after protective varnishes have worn off ?

    I'd guess that there are many possible permutations when creating colour pigments in these days post-lead paints. I only know a few 'traditional' recipes, plus a wee bit about early synthetics, so there'll be any number of folk more qualified to comment with an authority I completely lack..... and, whatever....I still think "Lyn" looks bloody marvellous! :)
     
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    I wonder if the colour assessments being made here are based on seeing the locomotive up close or simply based on videos, photos on a pc (or similar) screen? I doubt many people remember seeing the original locomotive after all it was scrapped in 1935. That was before I was born and I 'aint no spring chicken! ;)
    As other have commented it is great to see her now out and about in North Devon. Quite an achievement.
     
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    The L&B website is saying Lyn is U/S 'for the foreseeable future',' don't turn up if you want to see her, no shed visits permitted'.
    Anyone know what's happened?
     
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    Don't know where you saw that, but I can't find any reference on the website to Lyn being u/s.
     
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    The website does not say that it is U/S simply that it will not be in use on service trains. I imagine that they are simply dealing with any issues that have been thrown up during its running in.
     

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