Peckett & Sons     Works No 1903   Merlin    Little Lady 0-4-0ST

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This class M5 locomotive was built by Peckett & Sons in 1936 and originally worked for the South Wales Public Wharf & Transit Company in Penarth. This company was established in 1885 and operated until 1984.

It is believed the locomotive was originally called Merlin, and then later Little Lady.

In December 1977 the locomotive became the first engine to arrive at Bronwydd Arms on the Gwili Railway although it never steamed there.

The locomotive spent time at the Chasewater Railway and at the Ministry of Defence depot at Long Marston where the Stratford & Broadway Railway Society operated on an area within the site.  The Stratford & Broadway Railway Society was established with the aim of re-opening the line from Stratford upon Avon to Honeybourne railway station with a later extension planned to Broadway. In 2010 the society was dissolved as it was clear that there was no chance of achieving their aims in the foreseeable future. (The Industrial Locomotives including preserved and minor railway locomotives published by the Industrial Railway Society in 2006 identifies Works No 1903 Little Lady as being at Long Marston).

In 2007 the locomotive it moved to Chatham Historic Dockyard where it was returned to steam in 2010.

Peckett 1903.jpg 1903 at Chatham Historical Dockyard – April 2014

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