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Railway’s (N&LR) resident Peckett ‘R4’ 0-4-0ST No. 2104 worked its final trains on January 2 (RM Jan) before being withdrawn for overhaul.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