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Cyril is a diesel engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.


Named after former company employee, Cyril Holland, Cyril is owned by the Murthwaite Locomotive Group, formerly named "Shabtrak", and is one of many industrial narrow gauge diesels built by R.A. Lister. He was built in 1932, was used on a Peat Bog railway not far from Manchester and first preserved at the Moseley Railway Trust, in Stockport, in his original form of an open sided cab and on 2" gauge. When the engine arrived on the Ratty in 1985, the volunteers of "Shabtrak" used parts from another Lister locomotive and a 2-cylinder, 12 horsepower Lister engine to rebuild it to 15" gauge, and fitted a new cab and bonnet, in the style of a Lister Blackstone RM2. The engine now has full electrics, radio and air brake systems for working light passenger trains in emergencies, and in 1989 was re-engined with a 20 h.p. Lister engine to improve performance. He was rebodied in 2006 by Ian Page Engineering of Millom.

Blister I and Blister II are also based on him.

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Cyril is currently painted dark green.


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