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 Embsay & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
1163 M5 1908 Whitehead 0-4-0ST Midland Railway Centre
1257 R2 1912 Uppingham 0-4-0ST Rutland Railway Museum
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 Swindon & Cricklade Railway
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
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
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 Rutland Railway Museum
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
1940 FA 1937 Henbury 0-6-0ST M Shed, Bristol
1963 M5 1938 Hilda 0-4-0ST Bere Ferrers, Devon
1967 W6-S 1939 Merlin (Myrddin) 0-4-0ST Telford Steam Railway
1970 1939 Jackie Milburn  1924-1988 0-6-0ST Stephenson Railway Museum
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 Middleton 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 0-4-0ST West Coast Railways
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 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 Battlefield Line
2131 W7 1951 Oliver Velton 0-4-0ST Oswestry Light Railway
2142 W6 1953 Northern Gas Board No 1 0-4-0ST Cholsey and Wallingford Railway
2147 1952 Uskmouth 1 0-4-0ST Dean Forest Railway
2150 OQ 1954 Mardy Monster 0-6-0ST Elsecar Steam Railway
2153 OX4 1954 Birchenwood No 5 0-6-0ST  Caledonian Railway

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