PAIR OF PECKETTS MAKE PROGRESS IN PRE­STON WORKS

Steam Railway (UK) - - Industrial -

Away from the hus­tle and bus­tle of the main work­shops at the Rib­ble Steam Rail­way, two Pecketts are the fo­cus of at­ten­tion. In the Fur­ness Rail­way Trust’s ded­i­cated work­shop area, 1937-built 0-4-0ST Cal­iban is undergoing restora­tion. The hefty ‘OY’ class (Works No. 1925) hauled the first pas­sen­ger train on the Lake­side & Haver­th­waite Rail­way in 1973, but has not run since the mid1980s and was stored at Carn­forth be­fore ar­riv­ing at Rib­ble in 2015. Cal­iban has a long as­so­ci­a­tion with Pre­ston, hav­ing been built for the Cour­taulds tex­tile fac­tory at Red Scar in the city. It is cur­rently lifted clear of its wheelsets for the frames to be over­hauled. Just next door, in the ded­i­cated paintshop at the RSR’s Chain Caul Road base, ‘W7’ class 0-4-0ST Works No. 2003 has been cos­met­i­cally re­stored for dis­play in the mu­seum build­ing. The lo­co­mo­tive is on loan from the Mid­dle­ton Rail­way, where it last worked in the 1990s and car­ried the name ‘John Blenk­in­sop’. It too has Pre­ston con­nec­tions, hav­ing been em­ployed at the Atomic En­ergy Author­ity plant in nearby Sal­wick.

BOTH: MARK PEARCE

The Mid­dle­ton Rail­way’s Peck­ett 0-4-0ST Works No. 2003, cos­met­i­cally re­stored for dis­play at the Rib­ble Steam Rail­way.

FAR LEFT: The frames of Peck­ett 0-4-0ST Cal­iban, lifted and packed clear of the wheels for over­haul.

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