Lynton & Barnstaple Railway has received the Heritage Railway Association’s Morgan Award for Outstanding Achievement.

It was presented on Saturday for the new-build steam engine Lyn and the four (so far) rebuilt original carriages.

The original Lyn was built for the L&B in 1898 by the Baldwin Locomotive Works of Philadelphia, bringing a touch of the American West to the hills of North Devon, and later given the number 762 by the Southern Railway after it took over the line in 1923. The carriages were also built to order for the Railway when it opened in 1898.

The Morgan Award was presented on Saturday for the first time by David Morgan, the former chairman of the Heritage Railway Association, at the HRA’s annual dinner and awards presentation in Birmingham.

The Heritage Railway Association represents 185 heritage railways and associated museums across the United Kingdom which form a major sector of the tourism industry.