Page updated 17/05/12
Two locomotives have been purchased by private individuals for use at KSE. One has recently been overhauled and was back 'in traffic' in 2011, whilst the other, having worked extensively on preserved railways in the recent past, is undergoing a general overhaul off site.These locomotives are:
Peckett 0-4-0 Saddletank 'FC Tingey'
This locomotive was built by Peckett and Sons Ltd at their Atlas Locomotive Works, Bristol, in 1948. It carries Works Number 2084 and is classified as 'OY1 Special'. It has a boiler pressure of 200psi and a tractive effort, at 85% boiler pressure, of 22,700lb.
It worked for Courtaulds in North Wales and, when replaced by diesel traction, was initially donated by its owners to the then embryonic railway at Llangollen. However, little or no work was undertaken on the locomotive and it was eventually sold on to scrapmetal merchants, P. Dobbins (Chester) Ltd, who occupied (and indeed still do) the old steam shed at Mold Junction. However, instead of being cut-up, the locomotive was stripped of all its copper/brass fittings etc and abandoned.
It was purchased on 23rd July 1986 and, on 18th August that year, it left North Wales for 'Steamtown Carnforth' (now West Coast Railways Ltd) for restoration to full working order. The locomotive was dismantled and completely rebuilt. During this time, a 'Kylepor' exhaust system was designed and fitted to improve the steaming characteristics and a chime whistle has replaced the manufacturer's original style. In addition, it was named 'F.C. Tingey' in honour of Fred Tingey, an ex-Barrow fireman who was one of the restoration team, but who sadly did not live to see the engine at work. The locomotive moved under its own power for the first time in preservation on 20th December 1999 - a great day for all concerned and, 24 hours later, it left its restoration base for a new home at KSE.
In September 2002, 2084 was invited to appear at the Corus 125 celebrations to mark 125 years of steelmaking at the Workington plant which has now sadly closed. This comprised an Open Day on Saturday 14th and a number of photo charters with two other steam locomotives. A great time was had by all the members of the support crew and volunteers who came over from KSE. An interesting experience at the end of the weekend was the opportunity to drive the locomotive up onto the low-loader taking it back to KSE - fortunately the steam brake worked when it was applied!
On 19th May 2003, 2084 left KSE for what initially was intended to be a summer season of running on the 4 mile Caledonian Railway from Brechin to Bridge of Dun on the East Coast of Scotland. It soon became apparent that, with the very limited running that had been undertaken to date, attention was required to the axleboxes and this work was carried out during the winter of 2003-2004 with the help of the Caledonian Railway volunteers under the direction of Chief Engineer, Steve Pegg. We are most grateful to all involved for their assistance. The locomotive remained at Brechin for a further 2 years where it worked the passenger service, 'Thomas' events, 'Murder Mystery' and 'Wedding' trains, 'Schools' days, 'Footplate Experience' etc. The engine returned home to KSE on 8th December 2006.
2084 continues to be upgraded and recent work, for example, has seen the fitting of a new and much improved vacuum ejector system. The locomotive has recently been overhauled at KSE, returning to traffic in 2011 - please see the 2084 Overhaul page for photos - and is now operating on a regular basis at KSE once more.
2084 returns a Saturday evening 'Murder Mystery' train to Brechin. Photo by Graeme Fullerton.
'Percy' (aka 2084) and 'Thomas' prepare to meet their fans at Brechin. Photo by Mike Thompson.
The Fireman's eye-view from the footplate at Bridge of Dun. Photo by Mike Thompson.
2084 takes water at Brechin during the 2005 Steam gala. Photo by Mr. Turner.
Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0 Saddletank 3825 (68009)
This locomotive was built by Hunslet Engine Company of Leeds and sent to the NCB South Eastern Division's Kent coalfield where it became Number 9. It was delivered to Betteshanger Colliery, near Deal, in September 1954. In December 1972, it moved the short distance to Snowdown Colliery, south east of Aylesham. This site became the last location east of the River Medway to retain working steam and thus became a focal point for enthusiasts until the mid-1970's when the diesels took over.
However, this was not to be the end for 3825. On 10th November 1981, the loco moved to the Great Central Railway (GCR) at Loughborough where it was overhauled, fitted with a vacuum ejector and steam heating apparatus thus enabling it to work passenger trains. During the course of this overhaul, it was discovered that the locomotive carries the boiler/firebox assembly originally fitted to 68009, one of the 75 locomotives purchased by the LNER from the Government in 1946 and designated as Class J94. Thus, although the locomotive has suffered from an identity crisis on occasions(!), it has run for many years in preservation as 68009.
Initially, the engine was used extensively on the GCR, but in the period 1990-1993, it was loaned to a variety of other railways including Birmingham Railway Museum, the South Devon Railway and the East Lancashire Railway. In the autumn of 1993, it was put up for sale and left Loughborough on the 24th November for the North Norfolk Railway (NNR) where it was one of the mainstays of pasenger traffic for almost 10 years.
In December 2004, the locomotive was purchased from the NNR by two SRC Directors and worked the early part of the 2005 season on the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone in Leicestershire. It then moved on to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway at Barry Island before transfering to Barrow Hill Roundhouse for the Steam Gala and Santa Specials. Following this, a substantial amount of winter maintenance was undertaken by SRC and Barrow Hill volunteers before the 2006 season which was spent initially at the Chasewater Railway in the Midlands. 68009 then moved to the Yorkshire Dales Railway (YDR) at Embsay for the main operating season and remained there until early 2007 apart from a brief return to Barrow Hill for their Steam Gala. During 2006, the locomotive operated on more than 80 days and proved itself to be a very strong and reliable machine.
Whilst at Embsay, it was suspected that repairs were required to the firebox foundation ring and it was also apparent that the crown stays needed renewing. In addition, further mechanical work had been identified (e.g. remetalling of the eccentric straps and side rod bushes) and we also wished to undertake a valve/piston exam, upgrade the axlebox lubrication sysytem etc. The decision was therefore made to withdraw the locomotive in order to undertake this work and it was transported to West Coast Railways Ltd base at Carnforth in January 2007.
Both 2084 and 68009 have been acquired for the project at KSE and this is the absolute priority for both locomotives. Whilst 68009 has, in the past, gone on general hire to other railways, this will not be the case once its overhaul is completed. We will continue to be open to requests from other railways to hire the engines, but they will only be made available (i) if not required at KSE and (ii) for short-term agreements when one or more members of the support crew are available to accompany them on their travels.
If anyone has photographs/film of either locomotive in industrial use or in preservation that they would be prepared to share with us, please contact the secretary.
(6)8009 on the turntable at Barrow Hill during the 2005 Steam Gala. Photo by Mike Thompson.
68009 ready to depart from Brownhills West at the Chasewater Railway. Photo by Mike Thompson.
68009 prepares to depart Embsay for Bolton Abbey on the YDR. Photo by Mike Thompson.
(6)8009 takes water outside Barrow Hill Roundhouse. Photo by Mike Thompson.
The two photo galleries below show 2084 and 68009 at work in various locations.