This is a call out to anyone that purchased a Winson Lyn Engine kit.
I would like to communicate with anyone that has had experience with this particular engine and getting it to run. I have had the luck to contact a few live steamers in England in the past but sadly have lost my email contacts to them.
I understand the Winson Company went out of business many years ago, having only delivered half of the original 18 sub assembly kits. It was to be a bolt together project.
The Lyn was an English gauged Baldwin 2-4-2 built in the U.S.A. and shipped to England for the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway. I understand it was scrapped in 1935. I understand there is a reproduction in the works
I stumbled on a partial Winson kit sitting on a table in the rain a few years ago and it called to my like a sick puppy. This was at a live steam meet in Largo Florida, USA. It had been abandoned then years prior as the original purchaser was seriously disgruntled over paying $18,000.00 for something that only half was delivered. I picked up the parts for $200.00 and drug it home in the wife’s van. The smell never came out and she ended up with a new van. I had to factor that into the cost of the project.
Looking back, I realize there are days you should just walk away.
What I found and brought home that day.
Well here I sit years later and it runs on air. It has slowly morphing into a Baldwin 0-4-4 which is an American narrow gauge engine.
This last photo is of an engine in California
I have a few photos of completed Lyn projects but have lost the information as to builders or owners.
If anyone should have information on them would you please have them Email me thru Charlotte.
Along the way Pictures.
As bad as all the outside looked. The pistons were in this condition after setting in a wet storage building for ten years.
I would ask all the members from England for what I am about to post.
I am not completing the Lyn as the Lyn. Interestingly enough the Baldwin produced an engine in a Forney Configuration here in America that had a close frame layout. So the Lyn is to be a 0-4-4 Forney with the new name of Rust Bucket. My first posted picture may help explain the name.
The look below is more what I am building to.
When you laid the drawings of the Lyn over the Forney drawings the main drivers diameter and spacing matched up. The boiler will be 10 inches instead of the 9 inch diamter
Between February and July of 2013 I spent many a night on rust removal. Then there was the remaking of a lot of parts. I should mention that there were no drawings at this point. I was to be helped immensly by a modeler in England who had access to many of the original files after Winson closed.
Here the engine is running on a air compressor. I have much to learn about timing.
after this life got in the way and the engine has set in the shop. I am now back at it working on the brake system and soon to start the boiler