Peckett & Sons

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The company began trading in 1864 at the Atlas Engine Works, St. George, Bristol, as Fox, Walker and Company, building four and six-coupled saddle tank engines for industrial use. They also built stationary engines and pioneered steam tramcars, the first being tested in Bristol in 1877.

They were taken over by Thomas Peckett in 1880, becoming Peckett and Sons, Atlas Engine Works, Bristol. The company acquired limited liability some years later. By 1900 the two companies had built over 400 locomotives.

The company continued producing a variety of small industrial and shunting engines at their factory located between Fishponds and Kingswood in Bristol. They became specialists in the field, with very precise specifications and standardisation of parts. The largest engine was an 0-8-0 built in 1931 for the Christmas Island Phosphate Company. 

The works were served by a branch line starting just south west of Kingswood junction on the Midland line and ran for about one mile.

During the two World Wars, the works were especially busy, but by 1950 trade had largely dried up. By 1954 the company was being run by two sons (Frank and Wilfred Peckett) of Frank Peckett following his retirement. Frank Peckett did not favour building diesel locomotives, even when most of the other firms were turning their attention to this market in the 1930’s, and the “steam only” tradition was maintained until his retirement in March 1954. Then the firm publicly announced in the Bristol evening newspaper that they were to enter the diesel shunter market because of the trends then prevailing in the locomotive trade. Wilfred Peckett had also been reluctant to build diesels, but by 1954 orders for steam engines were beginning to thin out and the change was one of economic necessity.

The last steam engine was produced in 1958 and the company was taken over by Reed Crane & Hoist Co Ltd on 23 October 1961, which itself later went into liquidation.

Preserved Industrial Locomotives

I have only included standard gauge locomotives which are preserved in Britain. I have not included fireless locomotives although I may add them later.

Locomotive classes preserved

Class Introduced Type Cyls Wheels W/Base
           
B2 1905 0-6-0ST 14×20 3′ 7″ 10′ 0″
B3 1933 0-6-0ST 14×22 3′ 7″ 10′ 0″
E 1903 0-4-0ST 15×21 3′ 7″ 6′ 6″
M5 1905 0-4-0ST 10×15 2′ 9″ 5′ 0″
OQ 1951 0-6-0ST 18×26 4′ 0½”  
OX1 1932 0-6-0ST 16×24 3′ 10″ 11′ 0″
OX4 1954 0-6-0ST 16×24 3′ 10″ 11′ 0″
OY 1912 0-4-0ST 16×24 3′ 10″ 7′ 0″
R1 1890 0-4-0ST 12×18 3′ 0½” 5′ 6″
R2 1910 0-4-0ST 12×18 3′ 0½” 5′ 6″
R3 1929 0-4-0ST 12×20 3′ 0½” 5′ 6″
R4 1930 0-4-0ST 12×20 3′ 0½” 5′ 6″
W4 1885 0-4-0ST 14×20 3′ 2½” 5′ 6″
W5 1906 0-4-0ST 14×20 3′ 2½” 5′ 6″
W6 1926 0-4-0ST 14×22 3′ 2½” 5′ 6″
W7 1938 0-4-0ST 14×22 3′ 2½” 5′ 6″
X2 1907 0-6-0ST 16×22 3′ 10″ 11′ 9″

Preserved Locomotives

Works No

Class

Built

Name

Type

Location

           

614

W4

1896

The Bear

0-4-0ST

Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway

737

W4

1899

Daphne

0-4-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

917

R1

1902

917

0-4-0ST

Chasewater Railway

933

W4

1903

Henry Cort

0-4-0ST

Foxfield Railway

1159

R1

1908

Annie

0-4-0ST

Buckimghamshire Railway Centre

1163

M5

1908

Whitehead

0-4-0ST

Midland Railway Centre

1257

R2

1912

Uppingham

0-4-0ST

Rocks by Rail

1345

 

1914

MN Co No 1

0-4-0ST

Gwili Railway

1351

E

1914

Lion

0-4-0ST

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

1370

R2

1915

May

0-4-0ST

East Lancashire Railway

1376

 

1915

BAC No 1

0-4-0ST

Caledonian Railway

1378

B2

1914

Westminster

0-6-0ST

Northampton & Lamport Railway

1426

B2

1916

 

0-6-0ST

Swansea Museum’s Llandore Collections Centre

1430

 

1916

Adam

0-4-0ST

Cambrian Heritage Railway

1438

W5

1916

1151

0-4-0ST

Appleby Frodingham Railway

1530

 

1919

Falmouth Docks & Engineering Company No 6

0-4-0ST

Poldark Mine 

1547

 

1919

Victory

0-4-0ST

Midland Railway Centre

1555

M5

1920

 

0-4-0ST

Private site at Congleton, Cheshire

1567

X2

1920

Ackton Hall No 3

0-6-0ST

Foxfield Railway

1579

M5

1921

Pectin  BAC No 2

0-4-0ST

Yeovil Railway Centre

1611

W5

1923

 

0-4-0ST

Beal Station, Northumberland

1631

1287

1923

No 12 Marcia

0-4-0T

Kent & East Sussex Railway

1636

B2

1924

Fonmon

0-6-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

1690

R2

1926

Lady Angela

0-4-0ST

South Devon Railway

1722

W6

1926

Rocket

0-4-0ST

Telford Steam Railway

1738

 

1928

 

0-4-0ST

Titley Junction station – private

1749

 

1928

No 2  Fulstow

0-4-0ST

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway

1756

R2

1928

Hornpipe

0-4-0ST

Private site

1759

R2

1928

Elizabeth

0-4-0ST

Rocks by Rail

1788

R3

1929

Kilmersdon

0-4-0ST

West Somerset Railway – Washford

1803

W6

1933

Ironbridge No 1

0-4-0ST

Foxfield Railway

1859

OX1

1932

Sir Gomer

0-6-0ST

Battlefield Line Railway

1889

B3

1934

Menelaus

0-6-0ST

 Caledonian Railway

1893

W6

1936

Ironbridge No 2

0-4-0ST

Great Western Railway Museum

1900

 

1936

 

0-4-0T

Buckimghamshire Railway Centre

1903

M5

1936

Little Lady

0-4-0ST

Chatham Historic Dockyard

1925

OY

1937

Caliban

0-4-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

1935

W6-S

1937

Hornet

0-4-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

1940

FA

1937

Henbury

0-6-0ST

Bristol Harbour Railway/M Shed

1963

M5

1938

Hilda

0-4-0ST

Bere Ferrers, Devon

1967

W6-S

1939

Merlin (Myrddin)

  Telford Steam railway

1970

W6

1939

Jacky Milburn

0-6-0ST

North Tynside Steam Railway

1976

W6

1939

John

0-4-0ST

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

1990

W6

1940

Ironbridge No 3

0-4-0ST

Telford Steam Railway

1999

 

1941

 

0-4-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

2000

B3

1942

 

0-6-0ST

Barrow Hill Roundhouse

2003

W7

1941

John Blenkinsop

0-4-0ST

Ribble Steam Railway

2004

W7

1941

GEC No 6     No 1

0-4-0ST

Tyseley

2012

 

1941

V47

0-4-0ST

Chasewater Railway

2027

 

1942

BNFL No 1     Irlam

0-4-0ST

Irlam Station  

2031

M5

1942

Ashley

0-4-0ST

South Devon Railway

2039

M5

1943

Jeffrey

0-4-0ST

East Anglia Railway Museum

2081

OY-S

1947

Nechells Gas Works No 11

0-4-0ST

Foxfield Railway

2084

OY1-S

1948

F C Tingey

0-4-0ST

Stainmore Railway Company

2087

OY-1

1948

Achillies

0-4-0ST

Mangapps Railway Museum

2100

R4

1949

2   William Murdoch

0-4-0ST

Helston  Railway

2103

R4-S

1948

 

0-4-0ST

Middleton Railway

2104

R4-S

1948

 

0-4-0ST

Northampton & Lamport Railway

2105

R4-S

1948

Rockeby

0-4-0ST

Buckimghamshire Railway Centre

2110

W7

1950

Wellbeck No 6

0-4-0ST

Royal Deeside Railway

2111

 

1949

1  Lytham St Annes

0-4-0ST

 Midland Railway Centre

2114

B3

1951

 

0-6-0ST

Kidwelly Industrial Museum

2130

W7

1951

2

0-4-0ST

Northamptonshire Ironstone Railway

2131

W7

1951

Oliver Velton

0-4-0ST

Cambrian Heritage Railway

2142

W6

1953

Northern Gas Board No 1

0-4-0ST

Darlington Railway Preservation Society, Darlington

2147

 

1952

Uskmouth 1

0-4-0ST

Dean Forest Railway

2150

OQ

1954

Mardy Monster

0-6-0ST

Private location 

2153

OX4

1954

Birchenwood No 5

0-6-0ST

 Caledonian Railway

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