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Courtaulds Peckett means steam returns to East Kent

MARTIN Staniforth’s former Courtaulds Peckett ‘OY-1’ 0-4-0ST No. 2087 returned steam to the East Kent Railway (EKR) for the first time in almost 20 years in late-March to help celebrate the EKR’s 30th anniversary. 

An initial test run took place on March 22 followed by a members’-only event two days later when the Peckett worked two return trips between Shepherdswell and Eythorne. 

Peckett 0-4-0ST No. 2087 approaches Eythorne on the East Kent Railway with the second run of the day on March 24. STUART CHAPMAN

The 1948-built loco is visiting from its current home at Mangapps Railway Museum, and will be running on selected dates throughout the year. 

No. 2087 was one of only six ‘OY-1s’, and was part of a batch of four built specifically for Courtaulds. 

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