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Peckett 0-4-0 saddle tank W6 class built 1933, number 1803 "Ironbridge No 1"
Above: Peckett 0-4-0ST "Ironbridge No1" on display at Caverswall Road on 29 July 2000
A very typical product of the Peckett & Sons Ltd works in Bristol, "Ironbridge No1" is more modern in many details than "Henry Cort" built thirty years earlier, but the family resemblance is unmistakable. Delivered new to Ironbridge Power Station in 1933, it was one of a trio of identical locomotives, the others being works numbers 1893 and 1900 which had been delivered by 1940. All were registered by the Great Western Railway to enable them to run a short distance over GWR tracks in the course of their shunting duties, and the registration plates are still carried on the cabsides of "Ironbridge No1" below the makers plates. The three continued to work at the power station until the late 1970s, when they were put up for sale. "Ironbridge No1" was bought privately and moved by road to Foxfield on 19 September 1980. Restoration to working order took five years, during which time it was discovered that many parts on the locomotive are actually from its two sisters, all three gradually becoming hybrids during maintenance at the power station. "Ironbridge No1" was loaned to the (now closed) South Yorkshire Railway in Sheffield in 1985 and returned to Foxfield in early 1986. Now out of boiler ticket and awaiting a further overhaul, the locomotive is on permanent display under cover at Caverswall Road station.
Above: Peckett 0-4-0ST "Ironbridge No1" in 1948
Despite the interchange of parts, their late survival into the 1970s ensured that both sister locomotives also survive in preservation. "Ironbridge No2" (works number 1893) is cosmetically restored and displayed at the Steam Museum, Swindon and "Ironbridge No3" (works number 1990) is awaiting overhaul at the Telford Steam Railway.
Below: Peckett 0-4-0ST "Ironbridge No1" in a line of locos at Caverswall Road on 29 July 2000
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