The Peckett

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The Peckett 0-6-0 saddletank (built by Peckett & Sons, Bristol) formerly worked at Harrogate Gas Works and was acquired by the FR in 1957 as a potential mainline loco. It was in need of a significant rebuild before it would be suitable. After some tests, it was finally concluded that the loco would not be suitable and in 1987 it was eventually sold. Clive Briscoe writes:

"I spent a lot of time during a 2 week stay in Boston Lodge fettling the axleboxes when it was finally dragged out of Glan y Mor to test it out on the FR. The boiler had been given a hydraulic test and passed but after it was towed up the line, it's rigid 6 wheel wheelbase was too much for some of our curves and it was sold on to Bredgar and then Statfold" (Briscoe, 2016)

The loco's official name was to be Volunteer, but it was never formally named and had no name plates.

It was eventually restored to running order on the The Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway. However it proved unsuitable for their line and was sold. It now resides on the privately owned Statfold Barn Railway, near Tamworth.

In April 2012 the locomotive returned to FR metals, in order to take part in the Blaenau 30 celebrations. It appeared at the WHR Gala in September 2013.

Principal dimensions
Cylinders 9.5 x 14"
Driving wheels 2' 3.5"
Boiler pressure 200psi
Tractive effort 7,810lb
Boston Lodge Early to Mid 1970s
The Peckett being prepared for gauging runs in 1987.
Fully restored Peckett, named Harrogate, at Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway Open Day May 2001


Briscoe C (2016) Facebook post in Narrow Gauge Enthusiasts Group on 11/4/2016.

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