Southall Peckett gives Helston Railway its first resident steam

THE Helston Railway at Prospidnick, Cornwall, welcomed its first resident steam locomotive on September 29, with the arrival of Peckett ‘R4’ 0-4-0ST William Murdoch.

Newly arrived Peckett 0-4-0ST William Murdoch simmers with its first fire at Prospidnick, Helston Railway, on October 9. KEN WOOD
Newly arrived Peckett 0-4-0ST William Murdoch simmers with its first fire at Prospidnick, Helston Railway, on October 9. KEN WOOD

Plans to have the 1949-built Peckett based in Cornwall have been on the table for several years, but the waiting finally came to an end in August when it was announced that the former Hilsea Gas Works, Portsmouth, loco (No. 2100) would be making the move to the railway from the Southall base of Great Western Railway Preservation Group (GWRPG).

William Murdoch’s arrival has enabled the Helston Railway (HR) to fulfil one of its key ambitions; it is hoped the Peckett will help put the railway firmly on the tourist map.

Read more in November’s issue of The RM

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