Owl is our most unusual engine. It was built by Brian Taylor in 2000 at Clayton West. It is based on an engraving of an engine that was never actually built. Similar engines were constructed in Bristol and Leeds and exported for use abroad.
Its cylinders are arranged in an unusual ‘V’ formation and it moves itself along by an arrangement that is usually found on diesel engines – it has gears!
Owl is painted in the colours of the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway. It is mainly used on our weekend trains.