Wren  0-4-0ST  LYR   Horwich Works   (Narrow Gauge) 



Power Classification Unclassified
Introduced 1887 – 1901
Designer Beyer Peacock
Company LYR
Weight – Loco 3t 11½cwt
Driving Wheels 1ft 4¼ins
Boiler Pressure 180psi
Cylinders Outside – 5in x 6in
Tractive Effort 1,410lbf
Valve Gear Allan


Horwich Works was the last major British railway works to be established on a green field site.  There were traditionally very strong links between the Lancashire & Yorkshire and London & North Western railways, and John Ramsbottom, late of the LNWR was in 1883 appointed consultant to the LYR regarding the planning of Horwich Works.  He advocated an 18in gauge internal transport system similar to that he had earlier installed at Crewe. Originally extending to 7½ miles, this enjoyed a longer life as the last surviving locomotive built for it, Wren, was not retired until 1962.

system was used for moving components around the works and Wren was fitted with a strongbox on the tender for distributing wage packets.

The eight engines were built in 1887-1901 and they were all named. The first two were bought from Beyer Peacock in 1887 and six more were acquired in over the period until 1901. Of these later six the first one was bought from Beyer peacock whilst the rest were built at Horwich.

The first was withdrawn in 1930, and Wren was the only survivor in 1948 working on the truncated remains of the system. It was withdrawn from service in 1962.

Wren is one of the locomotives built by Beyer Peacock in 1887 and cost £268 to build.


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NRM Object Number{1975-7019}

Wren.jpg Wren in the National Railway Museum at York-2017

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