Amberley marks Peter’s centenary with boiler appeal

AMBERLEY’S Rail Gala on July 14-15 centred on marking the 100th anniversary of the museum’s Bagnall 0-4-0ST Peter (2067/1918).

Peter was acquired by the Narrow Gauge Railway Society in 1954, and in 1965 became part of the Brockham collection, which relocated to Amberley in 1982.

Following a lengthy restoration Peter became operational at Amberley in 1994.

Bagnall 0-4-0ST Peter, complete with 100th anniversary headboard, steams between Amberley’s Brockham and Cragside stations on July 14. PHIL BARNES

Peter’s centenary was celebrated with three cheers, cutting of a birthday cake and a toast.

The loco is due out of traffic at the end of the year, with the event also heralding the launch of a £40,000 campaign to finance a new boiler. The fund has already been boosted by donations from Cliffe Hill Quarry and the Narrow Gauge Railway Society.

July 14 also saw a formal exchange of locomotive works plates for Pecketts Nos. 1315 and 1316.

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