Mayor Paul Baldwin with the Peckett:
Peckett 0-4-0st Special Class W7
Built 1953, Peckett and Sons, Bristol
works number: 2142
Weight: 28 tons loaded, 22 tons empty
Length: 23 feet
Height: 10 feet 2 inches
Wheel diameter: 3 feet 2 inches
Boiler pressure: 180 lbs psi
Grate size: 8 feet square
Cylinders Diameter : 14 inches
Tractive Effort: 17,000 lbs (7.5 tons)
Delivered new to Thompson Street Gas Works, Stockton on Tees, and was moved in 1964 to Darlington Gas Works for one year before going to St. Anthony’s Tar works in Newcastle.
After 1978, the loco was out of use for four years and became isolated on a short stretch of track. The Darlington Railway Preservation Society moved to rescue the loco before the scrap men removed it, and in 1982 it was moved and stored by Stan Towler of A.V. Dawson at Middlesbrough.
Following the locos return to Darlington, it was displayed outside North Road Museum and made an appearance at Croft Traction Engine Rally. It finally arrived at its current location in 1983 and began its restoration December of that year.
In 1984 the locomotive passed its boiler test and entered service. Over the period of its boiler tickets it has ran in various locations including on our running line at Darlington and the Telford Steam Railway and the Cholsey and Wallingford Railway.
Northern Gas Board No. 1 is currently undergoing routine maintance and work. Keep your eyes on our news page for more information
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left to right: DRPS chairman Barrie Lamb, Mayor of Darlington Paul Baldwin, DRPS CME Malcolm Simpson. in the cam DRPS Secretary Paul Bailey
The Peckett glistens with a lick of paint
< Malcolm (CME) in the smoke box finishing tubes.
^some of the lads painting the new ashpan.
The D.R.P.S. is home to a number of locomotives and Wagons that were built or worked in Darlington.The main steam loco is 78018 which was built at North Road Locomotive Works in 1954.
Malcolm expanding Pecket "Northern Gas Board No 1" boiler tubes.
Peckett "Northern Gas Board No 1" being being moved into the shed for boiler work.