Taw locomotive

Taw locomotive

Infobox Locomotive
name=Lynton & Barnstaple Railway "Taw"

gauge=RailGauge|23.5|lk=on|al=on 1 ft 11.5 in
builder=Manning Wardle (England)
wheelbase="Coupled:" convert|6|ft|6|in|m|3|abbr=on
"Total:" convert|17|ft|9|in|m|3|abbr=on
length=convert|22|ft|4|in|m|2|abbr=on over buffer beams
cylindercount=Two, outside
railroad=Lynton and Barnstaple Railway,
Southern Railway
locale=Devon, South West England
roadnumber=L&B: "Taw",
SR: E761
lastrundate=29 September 1935
Manning Wardle 2-6-2T built 1898 for Lynton and Barnstaple Railway Scrapped 1935

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

The tradition of naming L&B steam locos after local watercourses continues into the 21st Century, with "Lyd", a replica of "Lew" (the fourth and final locomotive built to this basic design), being built on the Ffestiniog railway by a group associated with that line and the Welsh Highland 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, is being rebuilt for eventual use on the new line, currently centred at Woody Bay.

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