This W6 class locomotive was built by Peckett & Sons and was used by Courtaulds Co. Ltd at Coventry. The factory had exchange sidings adjacent to the LNWR Nuneaton to Coventry line. It remained there throughout its working life until the line closed in 1972 when it was handed over to a local Railway Correspondence and Travel Society (RCTS) member for transmission to Tyseley Museum.
The Locomotive eventually found itself as part of the private “Shropshire Collection” near Shrewsbury. This collection was sold “en mass” to the S & D Co. Ltd, who had Rocket restored to operating status by 2003. I have been unable to find out more about this next.
After only three trial steamings the locomotive was moved to the Telford Steam Railway and put straight into traffic on passenger trains.
In 2012 the boiler certificate expired and the locomotive underwent a ten year overhaul at Tyseley and returned to traffic on the Telford Steam Railway in 2014.
It is now owned by the railway following a bequest by a long term member who had known the locomotive in industrial use at Courtaulds.