IN­DUS­TRIAL NEWS

Six ap­proaches made for turn-of-the-cen­tury 0-4-0ST.

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Sev­eral par­ties have shown an in­ter­est in ac­quir­ing a Peck­ett 0-4-0ST that is be­ing given away to a good home. Cur­rently at the Rib­ble Steam Rail­way, 119-year-old Daphne was first ad­ver­tised two months ago (SR475). By mid-Fe­bru­ary, six ap­proaches had been re­ceived for the Bris­tol-built ma­chine, al­though not all from reg­is­tered mu­se­ums, which the RSR would favour. The line in­tends to make a fi­nal de­ci­sion on a new home for Daphne at the end of March. Never steamed in preser­va­tion, the 1899-built lo­co­mo­tive is con­sid­ered to be in rel­a­tively poor con­di­tion af­ter spend­ing many years on open-air dis­play in Skelmers­dale and Lytham St Annes. A new fire­box and boiler bar­rel would be nec­es­sary for a re­turn to steam, and the ex-Pilk­ing­ton Brothers ma­chine is also miss­ing its boiler fit­tings. It is, how­ever, one of the ear­li­est sur­viv­ing lo­co­mo­tives built by the fa­mous firm of Peck­ett & Sons. Daphne has a solid north west pedi­gree, hav­ing been based in St He­lens when it was owned by Pilk­ing­ton Brothers. How­ever, it has been low on the list of pri­or­i­ties in Pre­ston, and is one of only a small num­ber of lo­co­mo­tives which are yet to be given cov­ered stor­age at the RSR’s Chain Caul Road base. Be­fore mov­ing to Pilk­ing­ton Brothers, Daphne worked for Tyther­ing­ton Stone Com­pany at Church Quarry, which was con­nected to the Mid­land Rail­way’s Thorn­bury branch north of Bris­tol.

RIB­BLE STEAM RAIL­WAY

Daphne in its cur­rent con­di­tion and, in­set, as it was at Skelmers­dale, where it clearly at­tracted the wrong sort of at­ten­tion.

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