Northampton’s Peckett in final run before overhaul

THE Northampton & Lamport Railway’s (N&LR) resident Peckett ‘R4’ 0-4-0ST No. 2104 worked its final trains on January 2 (RM Jan) before being withdrawn for overhaul.

On its last day in service Nick Gilbert’s Peckett 0-4-0ST No. 2104 leaves Chapel Brampton station with the 14.00 departure, complete with commemorative headboard, as fireman Jack Colby leans from the cab to watch the train out of the platform. ANDREW RAPACZ

However, the former Croydon B power station loco is not going to be overhauled straight away, with owner Nick Gilbert choosing to concentrate on his other N&LR-based Peckett – ‘B2’ 0-6-0ST Westminster (1378/1914).

Westminster was delivered new to the Larkhill Military Railway, and went on to enjoy a well-travelled working career.

The loco later found employment on the Fovant Military Railway before being sold to Associated Portland Cement (APC) for use at its Houghton Regis site, then later at both Shipton-on-Cherwell and Kidlington Works, Oxfordshire.

After withdrawal from Kiddlington in April 1971, the loco roved around, finding a temporary home at the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the old East Tisted station in Hampshire, before moving to the N&LR in 1998.

Read more in February’s issue of The RM – out now!

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