Beyer Peacock & Company   Works No 6841   William Francis 0-4-0+0-4-0T

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Introduced1937
Designer
CompanyBeyer Peacock & Company
Weight61t 10cwt
Driving Wheels3ft 4in
Boiler Pressure180psi
CylindersOutside – 13½in  x  20in
Tractive Effort24,600lbf
Valve Gear

This locomotive was built by Beyer Peacock & Company in 1937 to work at Baddesley Colliery at Atherstone in Warwickshire. It was named after Sir William Francis Dugdale, the son of the founder of the colliery, was the third locomotive at Baddesley to be so bestowed.

The colliery line ran from the West Coast main line in the Trent Valley and rose about 240ft in a distance just short of two miles – an average gradient of 1 in 47 and with 1 in 23 at its steepest grades. It therefore required a powerful locomotive to work on the line.

In appearance this locomotive was virtually identical to the other three Garratt locomotives supplied by Beyer Peacock for industrial service in this country, but suffered the economy of steel boiler bands and dome cover instead of brass ones on the earlier examples. The design is a genuine Garratt, the relatively small size not precluding the full use of the basic principles of the type.

The engine was returned to the makers in 1956 for general overhaul but by 1966 was worn out, only handling 18 wagon rakes compared to 16 for an Austerity 0-6-0ST.

William Frances was preserved at Bressingham in Norfolk after arriving there in 1968.

For this something powerful was required and Garratt William Frances built in 1937 was the answer. It was Beyer Peacock works number 6841 named after Sir William Francis Dugdale, the son of the founder of the colliery. In appearance this locomotive was virtually identical to the other three Garratt locomotives supplied by Beyer Peacock for industrial service in this country. The design is a genuine Garratt, the relatively small size not precluding the full use of the basic principles of the type.

It is owned by Mr. J R Price and is on permanent loan to Bressingham Steam Museum and is the last surviving standard gauge Garratt in Britain.

6841 William Francis at Baddesley Colliery at Atherstone in Warwickshire – c1967

6841 William Francis in the Bressingham Steam Museum – May 2014

6841 William Francis in the Bressingham Steam Museum – September 2017

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