Peckett & Sons Works No 2155 CWS Irlam Soap, Candle and Starch Works No. 8 0-4-0F

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This locomotive was built by Peckett & Sons at Bristol in 1955and was the only fireless locomotive ever built at the Atlas Works.

It was a fireless locomotive which means that it had a steam accumulator rather than a boiler and was charged up with steam from a stationary boiler. It also meant that there was no chance of it starting a fire. The locomotive could operate for up to two hours between steam charges.

It was delivered new the CWS Irlam Soap, Candle and Starch works and spent its entire working life there. It was taken out of service in 1969 when the works closed.  It was then presented to the local council who displayed it in the George Thomas Recreation Ground in Irlam.

When the park was redeveloped the locomotive was earmarked for scrap but was salvaged by the Irlam and Cadishead Community Committee and the Rotary Club of Irlam.

It was then cosmetically restored and moved to a new site next to the A57 Cadishead bypass in 2005. It remains on static display there.

2155 at Irlam – November 2011
2155 at Irlam – December 2013
2155 at Irlam – May 2020

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