IN­DUS­TRIAL NEWS

Chance to drive 98-year-old 0-6-0ST is among in­cen­tives on of­fer to po­ten­tial donors.

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An ap­peal has been launched to re­turn the sole sur­viv­ing Peck­ett ‘X2’ 0-6-0ST to steam in time for its cen­te­nary – with the in­cen­tive of driv­ing it on Fox­field bank.

1920-built Ack­ton Hall No. 3 (Works No. 1567) is un­der­go­ing restora­tion at Caver­swall Road on the Fox­field Rail­way, hav­ing moved there from the Na­tional Min­ing Mu­seum at Cap­house in 2015. It has not steamed for over 45 years, hav­ing had sev­eral homes in preser­va­tion, and fol­low­ing nu­mer­ous failed restora­tion at­tempts.

Key to the prob­lems faced in the past were un­suc­cess­ful boiler re­pairs car­ried out late in its col­liery ser­vice – but rec­ti­fi­ca­tion, par­tic­u­larly of the cop­per fire­box, is now seen as well within the ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the preser­va­tion move­ment.

The lo­co­mo­tive was de­liv­ered new to Hemsworth Col­liery in West York­shire – where it would have been a shed­mate of Hun­slet 0-6-0ST New­stead, which is also be­ing re­turned to steam af­ter an un­usual preser­va­tion his­tory (SR486).

Af­ter un­der­go­ing a re­build, the Peck­ett moved to Ack­ton Hall Col­liery in 1941 and re­mained there into Na­tional Coal Board own­er­ship.

The ap­peal is in­tended to raise funds for re­place­ment plate­work, in­clud­ing the tank and cab. A range of in­cen­tives for sup­port­ers will be avail­able for dona­tions rang­ing from £10 to £1,000. Dona­tions can be sent to the Fox­field Rail­way Sta­tion, Caver­swall Road, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent ST11 9BG.

The top in­cen­tive, for donors of £1,000 (or more), will be the op­por­tu­nity to take the reg­u­la­tor of Ack­ton Hall No. 3 with a coal train on the 1-in-19 gra­di­ent from Fox­field Col­liery. Those who donate £500 will re­ceive a driver ex­pe­ri­ence course, and there will be a place on the lo­co­mo­tive’s first pas­sen­ger train for donors of £50.

AN­THONY COULLS

Unique Peck­ett 0-6-0ST Ack­ton Hall No. 3 sits on a short length of track at the Na­tional Coal Min­ing Mu­seum for Eng­land in May 2014. The in­scrip­tion on the run­ning plate refers to the Grimsby & Louth Rail­way Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (now the Lin­colnshire Wolds Rail­way) – one of its pre­vi­ous preser­va­tion-era homes.

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