Peckett returns home
Darlington Railway Preservation Society’s Peckett 0-4-0ST Northern Gas Board No. 1 has returned to the North East for overhaul, after more than four years on loan to the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway. The cut-down ‘W7’ class has been a mainstay of the former Great Western Railway branch since August 2012. The move took place in the last week of January, and by early February the tank had been removed and a full strip-down was under way. Built in 1953, Northern Gas Board No. 1 was delivered new to Thompson Street Gas Works in Stockton-on-Tees. After 11 years serving the Teesside plant, the locomotive was moved the short distance to Darlington Gas Works. In September 1967, it moved on to St Anthony’s Tar Works in Newcastle, later under the ownership of Thomas Ness Ltd, a subsidiary of the NCB. At St Anthony’s, it was later joined by former Bowes Railway Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 22, now also preserved. Both were resident when rail traffic ceased in 1975. No. 22 quickly found a home at the preserved Bowes Railway, but the Peckett remained in Newcastle until 1982 when it was finally moved to Darlington for restoration.