Teddy bows out in Chasewater finale

NOVEMBER 12 brought the curtain down on both the Chasewater Railway’s main operating season, and the current working career of resident Peckett ‘Yorktown’ 0-4-0ST Teddy (2012/1941).

The ex-Ministry of Supply loco has reached the end of its 10-year boiler certificate, and for its final day the railway handed over all operations to the 7in-cylindered ‘Pocket Peckett’.

Adorned with a poppy wreath on its smokebox door, Peckett 0-4-0ST Teddy looks comparatively tiny against its Mk1 load as it rolls into Chasewater Heaths station on November 12, during its last day in traffic. ALISTAIR GRIEVE

The crew of Mitchell Fellows and Luke Tucker surpassed themselves in preparing the loco for its last day, the 11-year-old paintwork gleaming as though it had only just been applied.

After a run up the line with a short freight in the morning, Teddy was then paired with the railway’s Mk1 Brake to work the day’s passenger services.

The load completely dwarfed the diminutive Peckett, but it handled the five four-mile round trips with ease.

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