Some exciting news that I am sure has been eagerly awaited by many, Matt Ellis our Keeper of Transport reports on our latest hire locomotive.
Following Monday’s announcement of Bon Accord coming to visit the Colliery Railway we are now able to announce the second hire locomotive for Rowley Station for the remains of the 2016 season.
Peckett 1370 will join us in the next couple of weeks and will be put to work at Rowley to allow some out of service maintenance to be carried out on Vulcan.
1370, a Peckett R2, was built in 1915 and spent its working life at Yates Duxbury and Sons paper mill at Heap Bridge, Bury. 1370 worked here into the 1970’s. The locomotive survived into preservation and was restored to a very high standard by its current owners The Jubilee Locomotive Company. The locomotive has operated at the East Lancashire Railway and at a handful of other preserved lines but with the locomotive being quite small it was of limited use at its ELR home.
We look forward to welcoming 1370 to the North East and thank the Jubilee Locomotive Company for the opportunity to hire the locomotive. Our crews are looking forward to another engine from one of the Bristol makers, having been impressed with the Avonside, Portbury last year, hopefully 1370 will live up to their expectations.
For now here are some photos of 1370, which will become a familiar sight to visitors to Rowley over the coming months. As with Vulcan and Bon Accord it is likely that 1370 may spend some time in the colliery in the future too.