Bagnall steam locomotive ‘Sybil’, nominally based at the LSR, left Cornwall this weekend for her new home at the West Lancashire Light Railway. Sybil first arrived in Cornwall in the 1960s after she was purchased along with Velinheli by James Evans and his father Armstrong. Both Sybil and Velinheli were originally used on the private Inny Valley Railway near Launceston, but moved to the LSR in the mid 1980s. Although Velinheli has been a regular performer here ever since, Sybil was only steamed at Launceston once before being stripped down for a major overhaul. Sybil was moved off site to James Evans’ own workshop several years ago, but has not left Cornwall since she arrived in the 60s.
Earlier this year Sybil was sold to a specially formed trust – the Sybil Locomotive Trust – based at the West Lancashire Light Railway. The Trust plans to complete Sybil’s restoration, including the fitting of a new replacement boiler, within the next few years, after which Sybil will operate at the WLLR and make occasional visits to other railways. If you would like to keep up to date with Sybil’s restoration, you can find out more about the Trust by having a look at their website and Facebook page.