Robert Stephenson & Hawthorn Works No 7803 Beckton Gas Works No 35 0-4-0F

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This locomotive was built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns in the 1954 for the large North Thames Gas Board’s Beckton gasworks in east London.  

It was one of two fireless locomotives based there. These locomotives had a steam accumulator rather than a boiler and it was charged up with steam from a stationary boiler. This type of engine did not produce sparks and hence there was no fire risk.

They were in use up to 1969 when North Sea gas brought an end to these large establishments.

The Gaseworks at Beckton was opened in 1870 and was owned at that time by the Gas Light & Coke Company. The name Beckton was given to the plant and the surrounding area of east London in honour of the company’s governor Simon Adams Beck.

The plant eventually to manufacture gas for most of London north of the Thames.

Following nationalisation in 1949 the plant was owned by the North Thames Gas Board. By this time Beckton was the largest gas works in the world.

At its peak Beckton had employed 4,500 people.

After a period at Carless Capel in Parkeston the locomotive is now on static display at Stonham Barns Retail Village in Suffolk. 

7803 dumped at Carless Capel, Parkeston – June 1975

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