A LONG-lost locomotive that was re-created from a single photograph has received its official launch at the Beamish Museum in County Durham.
As previously reported, the new-build 0-4-0WTG Samson has been mainly built by 79-year-old Beamish volunteer David Young, who spent 5000 man hours on the project.
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The original Samson was built in 1874, the first design by Mr Tarrant, who was employed by Stephen Lewin & Company, which embarked on a short-lived period of locomotive design and manufacture at its Poole-based foundry.
The company had built one steam locomotive previously, but Samson was the first in a series which had a certain house-style, but which did not bring success or recognition for its locomotive building.
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