No.6 Peveril

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19 Tons, 10cwt



Beyer, Peacock


August 1960


Walter Scott Novel

11 x 18

3 9

A one-off purchase in 1875 from Beyer, Peacock & Co., of similar design to No.4 Loch and No.5 Mona the previous year, this locomotive took its name from a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Peveril Of The Peak which was enormously popular at the time.  The name is also a local one and it is perhaps apt that she saw extensive use on Peel Line for many years.

The first new boiler was fitted to the locomotive in 1893 with another following in 1911, at which time it was also was rebuilt as a medium-boiled locomotive.  Both boilers were supplied by Beyer, Peacock & Co., with the third and final boiler arriving in 1932.  Surviving in service until 1960 when it was withdrawn from service, it spent its final years on reduced pressure as station pilot.

It was placed into storage until, in 1967, it was repainted by the fledgling Supporters' Association and placed on static display at St. John's Station until 1968 when the display was relocated to Douglas Station the following year.  Stored for several years together with No.5 Mona in old carriage shed, it was removed from here and cosmetically restored by members of the Supporters’  Association in the early weeks of 1995.

The locomotive was stripped and repainted into the post-war Indian Red livery and displayed during photography events and later became resident in the railway museum at Port Erin taking the place of No.4 Loch which returned to service following the Association's Un-Loch Your Cash appeal.

The locomotive has since been on display but during 2020 it was temporarily removed from the museum to allow decontamination of asbestos to take place.  No.6 was again returned to the museum during 2022 and the cosmetic work from 1994 was revisited when the Association funded another repaint, she now in a winter appearance with replica snow plough and canvas cab dodgers.

Upon completion of cosmetic work on No.5 Mona it is currently planned to swap the two, to allow repainting of the wheels and motion of No.6 and rotate the museum displays to keep the exhibition hall fresh, though issues with clearances now that the six-wheel carriage is displayed may ensure this is omitted for the time being.

Outshopped by Association volunteers in the spring green livery in August 1968 on display at St. John’s Station with canas dodger extended and sparkling brassware.

c. 1936 at Peel Station, note the rivited patches along the bottom of the water tank, a feature of almost all the locomotives over time, No.6 had several additions over the years.

Seen in July 1995 at Douglas Station shortly after the lining out was applied completing the first cosmetic restoration, during a photography session for the International Railway Festival.

February 1994 with Association Volunteers Bill Cubbon, James Maddrell,  Grant Taylor, Colin Kelly, Tony Beard, Jonathan Kennaugh, Dave Booth, Rob Taylor, Peter Hodgett and Rich Booth.

In June 1955 No.6 runs round her train shortly after arrival at Peel Station; the pr0minent dent between the spectacle plates a result of the lifted method in the workshops.

In June 1955 No.6 ready to depart Peel Station; the pr0minent dent between the spectacle plates a result of the lifted method in the workshops, St. Germain's tower in the background.

Still in regular use in July 1958 though mostly relegated to pilot duties and banking, based largely around Douglas Station, No.6 was captured in steam shunting.

Towards the end of her career in September 1959 as station pilot at Douglas Station; the following August would see the locomotive withdrawn and stored in the carriage shed.

View through the cab of No.6 showing No.16 Mannin opposite in the main exhibition hall of the railway museum in Port Erin; the latter has since been removed from the hall.