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On March 7th, 2015 at the Gauge 0 Guild Spring Show in Kettering, Minerva Model Railways announced the production of their 7mm scale (0 gauge) locomotive, the Peckett E Class, with further details in an ongoing discussion on RMWeb.

Isometric drawing of Peckett & Sons E Class locomotive>
Source: Minerva Model Railways

I have found no indication of an exact prototype, although the CAD illustrations suggest that one of the South Wales locos that came into GWR ownership is a likely candidate.

Peckett E Class - Minerva Model Railways 0 Gauge / 7mm scale
Source: Minerva Model Railways

As is my usual way, I wished to find an alternative to depicting my model (when it is available) as rather similar to most others so I followed up leads on the company of Peckett & Sons and was able to establish that they delivered 52 locomotives designated as 'E Class', as shewn in the table below.

Peckett & Sons E Class Locomotives

Works No.

Date

Name/Number

Customer

1

1000

10/1903

Bessemer

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

2

1001

10/1903

Trevithick

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

3

1009

12/1903

Abersychan

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

4

1010

12/1903

Pontypool

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

5

1011

12/1903

Beaufort

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

6

1012

12/1903

Abercarn

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

7

1013

12/1903

James Watt

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

8

1014

12/1903

Waun Llwyd

Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

9

1024

6/1905

-

Nobels Explosive Co., Stevenston, Ayrshire

10

1025

4/1906

-

Coventry Ordinance Works, Coventry, Warwickshire

11

1053

6/1906

R No. 11

C Rowlands, Swansea, Glamorganshire

12

1054

7/1907

-

Loughor Colliery Co., Loughor, Glamorganshire

13

1105

5/1908

R No. 12

C Rowlands, Swansea, Glamorganshire

14

1106

6/1908

Henry Davies

Ebbw Vale Co., Abercarn, Glamorganshire

15

1179

1/1912

P & M No. 12

Powlesland & Mason, Swansea, Glamorganshire

16

1180

5/1912

Charlaw

Charlaw & Sacriston Collieries, Nr Durham

17

1289

12/1912

Cockspur*

Morris & Shaw, Tamworth, Warwickshire (* later at South Durham Steel & Iron Co.)

18

1290

1/1913

No. 10

John Lysaght Ltd., Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire

19

1328

7/1913

P & M No. 3

Powlesland & Mason, Swansea, Glamorganshire

20

1329

8/1913

-

Bawldwins Ltd., Landore, Glamorganshire

21

1351

8/1914

Lion

War Office, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London

22

1352

10/1914

Tiger

War Office, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London

23

1392

4/1915

-

Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Jarrow, Co. Durham

24

1393

6/1915

Mars

Vickers Ltd., Naval Construction Works, Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire

25

1413

12/1915

No. 16

Palmers Shipbuilding & Iron Co., Jarrow, Co. Durham

26

1414

12/1915

Africa

Chief Supt. Of Ordnance Factories, Woolwich Arsenal, London

27

1427

3/1916

Australia

Chief Supt. Of Ordnance Factories, Woolwich Arsenal, London

28

1428

4/1914

-

Bawldwins Ltd., Panteg Steelworks, Newport, Monmouthshire

29

1441

6/1916

Canada

Chief Supt. Of Ordnance Factories, Woolwich Arsenal, London

30

1442

6/1916

Edith

John Rhodes Ltd., Prince Of Wales Collieries, Pontefract, Yorkshire

31

1449

9/1916

P & M No. 4

Powlesland & Mason, Swansea, Glamorganshire

32

1450

8/1916

Monkland No. 11

Dunlop & Co., Clyde Ironworks, Glasgow, Lanarkshire

33

1464

2/1917

New Zealand

Chief Supt. Of Ordnance Factories, Woolwich Arsenal, London

34

1465

3/1917

No. 31 Sir Charles Allen

Ebbw Vale Steel & Iron Co., Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

35

1512

6/1918

No. 2

William Baird & Co., Gavell, Stirlingshire

36

1513

6/1918

No.25

Bell Brothers, Middlesbrough, Yorkshire

37

1522

10/1918

S.H.T No. 18

Swansea Harbour Trust, Swansea, Glamorganshire

38

1523

12/1918

-

Ebbw Vale Steel & Iron Co., Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

39

1524

3/1919

King George V

Ebbw Vale Steel & Iron Co., Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

40

1525

4/1919

Fullarton No. 12

James Dunlop & Co. Ltd., Glasgow

41

1538

6/1919

Frank Green

E. Green & Son, Wakefield, Yorkshire

42

1539

9/1919

Furnace

Baldwins Ltd., Swansea Hematite Works, Landore, Glamorganshire

43

1557

2/1920

Sir Henry Mather Jackson

Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron & Coal Co. Ltd., Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

44

1558

4/1920

Pen-y-Cae

Ebbw Vale Steel, Iron & Coal Co. Ltd., Ebbw Vale, Monmouthshire

45

1565

6/1920

Sir John Wyndham Beynon

John Lancaster & Co. Ltd., Nr Abertillery, Monmouthshire

46

1566

11/1921

-

Llanelly Harbour Trust, Llanelly, Carmarthenshire

47

1588

6/1922

Crawshay

Henry Crawshay, Lightmoor Colliery, Gloucestershire

48

1589

3/1928

Severn

Synthetic Amonia & Nitrates Ltd., Billingham, Co. Durham

49

1646

2/1930

-

Glen Afton Colleries, Aukland, New Zealand

50

1647

2/1933

Hodbarrow No. 4

Hodbarrow Mining Co., Millom, Cumberland

51

1872

1/1940

Kitchener

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London

52

1986

3/1940

Sturdee

Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London

Source: Peckett & Sons, Locomotive Works List, Compiled by Frank Jux, 1987, Distributed by The Industrial Locomotive Society

It seems reasonable to assume that all these locomotives looked similar but, as in large classes of mainline locomotives, there may well have been differences of detail.  The specification for a standard E Class was 0-4-0ST, outside cylinders, 15" diameter by 21" stroke and wheels of 3' 7" in diameter.  Frank Jux points out, but not specifically about the E Class:

 "Most Peckett locomotives were built to standard designs, although with variations in detail of varying degrees - such as height and width ..." and
 
"Although mostly built to standard classes, modifications could be quite extensive, and even extend to the substitution of sidetanks for a saddletank, and the provision of six wheels instead of four.  Steelworks locomotives would usually be of heavier build, as would those built for main line use."

Searching on the internet can be helpful but misunderstanding can introduce appreciable confusion.  To illustrate this point, here are two images of E Class locomotives according to Martyn Bane's Steam and Travel Pages:

Peckett & Sons E Class locomotive Works No. 1011 of 12/1903, 'Beaufort' supplied to Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire
Source: Martyn Bane's Steam and Travel Pages
Purports to be: Works No. 1011 of 12/1903, 'Beaufort' supplied to Ebbw Vale Co., Ebbw Vale, Glamorganshire

However, although the locomotive is named Beaufort in this photograph, it is not actually works number 1011 (which is an E Class and was named Beaufort) but it is the first of Class M5 with works number 1055 built in 1905 for the Beaufort Works Ltd of Morriston, Glamorgan.  I wish to thank Osgood for providing this, and much other useful information on the RMWeb Forum, which he gained from the excellent book: Peckett & Sons Ltd, An Album of Official Photographs, complied by Andrew Smith and  published by the Industrial Railway Society, 2014 [ISBN 978 1 901556 77 3].  The original negatives and their copyright are now held by the National Railway Museum (NRM).

Peckett & Sons E Class locomotive Works No. 1054 of 7/1907, supplied to Loughor Colliery Co., Loughor, Glamorganshire
Source: Martyn Bane's Steam and Travel Pages
 Works No. 1054 of 7/1907 E Class, supplied to Loughor Colliery Co., Loughor, Glamorganshire

The identity of this locomotive is correct and it is an E Class.  There are three photographs of E Class locomotives reproduced in Peckett & Sons Ltd, complied by Andrew Smith:

The locomotives all appear similar to each other (eg wheels with eleven spokes) but with some variations (eg dome/safety valves and chimneys) and to the isometric drawing of the E Class at the top of this page.  Photographs of the first engineering prototype of their 7mm scale model were released on the 13th May by Minerva Model Railways and the first pre-production decorated examples were available for Guildex, Telford at the beginning of September, 2015.  The production run E class Pecketts, in three liveries, was available for delivery before Christmas, 2015.
 

Minerva Model Railways - Engineerinf Prototype Peckett E Class in 7mm scale (0 gauge)

The first engineering prototype

Minerva Model Railways Peckett E Class in 0 gauge / 7mm scale

A pre-production decorated example

The image of 1054 is the only official one that I have found on the internet that I can be reasonably certain is of a Peckett E Class locomotive; I am seeking permission from the NRM to reproduce the other two official photographs (Works Nos. 1000 and 1465).  I would be very interested to see more examples, which I shall publish here with full acknowledgement if that is your wish.

The only photograph that I have been given that depicts an E Class that was built with a modification, or was altered later, is one of Pontypool (Works No. 1010 of 12/1903) which, although built as standard

Pecket E Class Pontypool (Works No. 1010 of December1903)

it had a rear bunker added later.

Pecket E Class Pontypool (Works No. 1010 of December1903) at NCB Bargoed 25 August 1955

I am grateful to David Moores for use of the photographs, the latter of which was taken on the 25th August, 1955 at NCB Bargoed.  In the Peckett order book there is a reference that, when new, Pontypool was painted black with yellow lining. 

There has been much discussion on the RMWeb Forum that is dedicated to the upcoming model, which includes photographs of working Peckett locomotives in later days.

As Osgood points out, there is a photo (page 98; NRM/1999-7543/23-45) of the first E1 Class (the redesigned E Class) Works No. 2108 of 1950, which represent a possible conversion opportunity for the Minerva Model Railways model of the E Class, which is due to be released by the end of this year.  The main superficial differences appear to be a modern cab front window profile and straight rear frame.

For my part, I have not yet made up my mind whether to go for a prototypical Pontypool with extended bunker, which is my current preference but not much of a conversion, or whether to go for a freelance example by taking features from other Peckett classes, that would be a bit more 'extreme'.

Are you able to add more information and images of Peckett E Class Locomotives?
Please send me an email and I shall update this page with any information - thank you.

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