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Peckett & K1 Barrow Hill Roundhouse

By spikemoz
More pictures from last weekend at Barrow Hill Round House near Chesterfield, Derbyshire.

V1, V2, V3 & V4
Attached to the other end of the shuttle train was an industrial 0-6-0 saddle tank locomotive built in 1942 by Peckett & Sons in Bristol. In V1 she is passing the flagman controlling the occupation crossing at the approach to the shed yard. In the coming months, the restored Pinxton signal box will be connected up and control this movement. It appears to be the 2000th locomotive built by Peckett & Sons. In V4 the Peckett is returning with the shuttle train over the 'hump'. It looks worse than it is due to the telephoto lens foreshortening the distance. The Barrow Hill Roundhouse have been rather clever, because if you look closely, one side of the train is painted British Railways maroon and the other is painted in British Rail blue and grey. I suspect that when they have steam days the maroon side faces the public, and when they have a diesel gala they turn the train so that the blue and grey side faces the spectators.

This is the K1 class locomotive 62005 Lord Of The Isles. Although this design was attributed to A H Peppercorn, it was actually a production version of an earlier prototype designed by Edward Thompson in 1946. Thompson rebuilt one of Sir Nigel Gresley's 3 cylinder K4 class locomotives with two cylinders and a boiler similar to his B1 class 4-6-0. The only K1 to be named was the Thompson rebuild which kept the name MacCailin Mor which it carried when running as a K4. The K4s spent nearly all their working lives in Scotland and carried names associated with Scotland. One of the K4s no. 61994 The Great Marquess has thankfully been preserved. The name Lord Of The Isles was originally carried by another K4 No. 61996 and I suspect 62005 was named when it was regularly working the extremely popular steam hauled passenger train on the West Highland Line, between Fort William and Mallaig. I've included a copy of the old LNER diagram of the Thompson prototype in the picture.


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Hoffy 16 262 16 England
10 Apr 2009 7:32AM
Nice set of pictures.
koka 12 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2009 9:20AM
a beautiful series of images of a wonderful engine Katie
10 Apr 2009 10:18AM
Those little 0-6-0 saddle tanks did some fantastic work all across the country. I wish I'd given them a bit more attention now. Some great shots of this one.
I have travelled on the Jacobite from Fort William to Mallaig behind the K1. It's amazing the power that loco has and how well it handles the inclines on that route.
AlanC1 14 1 England
10 Apr 2009 11:20AM
Great series must pay this place a visit next year
horley 13 United Kingdom
10 Apr 2009 3:10PM
nice shots ,I really think that no 4 looks like a switchback railway with all those gradients.terry
fatherpie 12 18 12 England
10 Apr 2009 9:30PM
Lovely set of images.
ps - thanks for your kind words on my Mersey Docks image
11 Apr 2009 6:50AM
Very nice set..

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