No.13 Kissack

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19 Tons, 10cwt



Beyer, Peacock 


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803,728 (@1964)

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11 x 18

3 9

No.13 Kissack was a one-off order from Beyer, Peacock & Co., in 1910 and was again named after a company director Edward Thomas Kissack; it was a regular performer until a donor boiler overhauled from No.10 G.H. Wood was installed in 1949, dating from 1926.  It operated in this guise until 1962 when it was run on reduced boiler pressure and withdrawn.  

A new boiler was ordered off the back of the new one fitted to No.4 Loch in 1968 from the Hunslet Engine Co., of Leeds and this was delivered in 1971 and fitted to No.13.  Outshopped in the green livery with the deeper original whistle returned, she ran in service until withdrawal after Santa Trains in 1992.

The boiler was then refurbished and placed in the frames of No. 10 G.H. Wood as part of the  Year Of Railways celebrations leaving No.13 dismantled and stored.  It was not until 2001 that plans were made to ensure she would receive a new boiler and by the season of 2006 she was back in the service fleet (with some wag initially labelling her as No.12a!  

Painted in the Indian Red, scheme but without the brass safety valve bonnet that originates from this locomotive was (latterly carried by No.11) this was returned to No.13 for a Winter Photography event organised by the Supporters’ Association and their very good friends at Isle of Man Railways in February 2013 and has stayed put.  

She was withdrawn from service in 2013 for boiler repairs which were completed by March 2015, later turned for a photographic event.  No.13 was repainted into the Brunswick Green livery in March 2016 complete with three-tone lining of black edged with both vermilion and white (evidenced from a surviving locomotive sandbox and copied by the painters).  

She remains in regular service during the season and as at July 2023 has returned to service having undergoing attention to the driving wheels and motion prior to the season, retaining the dark green livery and three-tone lining.  A test run ahead of the anniversary celebrations with G.1 being a success she took part in anniversday day.

July 2022 in the summer sunshine at Castletown Station showcasing the brunswick green livery with red/vermilion lining detail to good effect on a nice bright day.

Wearing the then-standard Indian Red livery with black and straw lining in the yard at Douglas Station in August of 1960; this livery would be reapplied when rebuilt in 2004.

The official (we do like things official) works photograph of No.13 taken at the Gorton Foundry of Beyer, Peacock & Co., Ltd., prior to the locomotive being dispatched to the island.

In July 2022 as part of the transport festival the evening dining train was headed by No.13 and paused with The Viking at Keristal Summit, a classic spot for a photo.

In August of 2022 No.13 was requested by the bride and groom to haul a Wedding Charter, complete with plywood "Good Luck" horseshoe which has served the railway for many years.

Carrying the deeper green livery making her departure from Douglas Station in the summer of 1982, the black and straw lining prominent and carrying the Isle of Man Railways plastic crest.

No.13 making her departure from Douglas Station in July 1972, just one year after the locomotive was recommissioned with a new boiler from the Hunslet Engine Co., Ltd., of Leeds.

No.13 making her departure from Douglas Station in June 1971, shortly after the locomotive was recommissioned with a new boiler from the Hunslet Engine Co., Ltd., of Leeds.

Making a dynamic scene bursting through the road bridge south of Santon Station during an Association Winter Photography event carrying a specially made replica snow plough.

Beside the coal butt at Douglas Station in 1959 still carrying the distinctive brass safety valve turret later fitted to No.11 Maitland but happily reunited with No.13 for the 2013 photography event.

An unorthodox arrival at Douglas Station in 1983 leading to a severe case of "...whoops...", perhaps the unlucky thirteen had something in it?  A later rebuild saw it chalked up as "12A"...

Departing Douglas Station with the boat train in 1939, or perhaps in the middle of shunting given the figure at the rear of the train standing on the running board, a practice outlawed recently.

No.13 Kissack at Castletown Station during the 150th anniversary celebrations on Saturday 1st July 2023.