Peck­ett re­turns home

Steam Railway (UK) - - Industrial News -

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.

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