This model is now discontinued.
Lew was built in 1925 to a similar design to the previous Manning Wardle locomotives constructed for the Lynton & Barnstaple Railway, the main difference being a redesigned cab to eliminate a smoke trap, and give more room to the crew. Following the L & B tradition, she was named after one of the local rivers with a three-letter name. She was sold at auction along with other L&B equipment in November 1935, two months after the railway closed. However, she was purchased by the contractor dismantling the line and was used on these trains until July 1936. In September 1936, the loco sailed from Britain on the SS Sabor – believed to have been destined for a plantation in Brazil. Despite the efforts of many enthusiasts, no proof of the locomotive’s current whereabouts, or eventual fate has been discovered. The Ffestiniog Railway has recently completed a replica of the loco and christened it ‘Lyd’, thus continuing the tradition of three-letter river names.
The model is electrically powered, 0 – 24V DC. The engine is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied with the model. This operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The loco is supplied with blanking plates for the cut-outs in the frames but these are really for display only, severely restricting the choice of track curvature if used in operation. The model is built from stainless steel and brass, and with the correct maintenance, will give a lifetime of pleasure. The green live steam version is illustrated here along with the plain black electric one. You can download the operating instructions here INSTRUCTS L&B LEW ELECTRIC
- Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
- Length over couplings: 420mm
- Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
- Width: 110mm
- Min Radius: 1m (3′) – Gauge 0, 1.2m (4′) – Gauge 1
- Maximum height: 145mm
- Power: Electric 0-24V DC
Versions available, subject to production batch:
E19-17 Southern Green
E19-18 Plain Black