Beyer, Peacock and Company
Beyer, Peacock and Company was an English railway Locomotive manufacturer with a factory in Gorton, Manchester. Founded by Charles Beyer and Richard Peacock, it traded from 1854 until 1966. It received limited liability in 1902, becoming Beyer, Peacock and Company Limited.
Important designs were the Garratt articulated locomotives widely used in Africa, notably on South and East African Railways, and Australia and the 4-4-0 tank locomotives used on the Metropolitan and District lines of London Underground from 1864 until electrification in 1905. They also built 2-4-0 tank locomotives for 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) lines in Norway and the famous Manx Peacock design for the 3 ft (914 mm) gauge Isle of Man Railway
The first Garratt locomotive constructed was TGR K class for the Tasmanian Government Railways on the western Tasmanian North East Dundas Tramway; K1 is now preserved on the Welsh Highland Railway together with the last Garratt Beyer Peacock built SAR NGG 16 Class No.143. Four New South Wales Government Railways AD60 Class Beyer-Garratt Patent locomotives are preserved being the most powerful steam locomotives in the southern hemisphere when introduced.
Gorton Foundry was on the opposite (south) side of the railway line to the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway works at Gorton. Between 1855 and 1966, the company built nearly 8,000 railway locomotives. Several of their 1874-built steam locomotives for the Isle of Man Railway remain in daily use. A Gorton-built South African Railways GL class Beyer-Garratt locomotive is on display in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
In addition to building steam locomotives, Beyer, Peacock & Co. also built the 10 British Rail Class 82, 25KV AC electric locomotives to a Metropolitan-Vickers design, the 101 BR Class 35 diesel hydraulic locomotives, and, the last of all built, BR Class 25/3 diesel-electrics. They also collaborated with Metropolitan Vickers in building the Western Australia Government Railways X class, diesel electric locomotives, and the New South Wales 46 class, 1500 V DC electric locomotives at Bowesfield Works, Stockton-on-Tees.
The foundry was at Openshaw near Manchester, England, and was built in 1854 by Richard Peacock. It should not be confused with the Gorton locomotive works of the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway, which was on the north side of the railway line. In 2012 the former boiler-shop remains in use, as the Hammerstone Road Depot of Manchester City Council.
- 1864–1885 Metropolitan Railway 4-4-0T – see Metropolitan Railway A Class
- 1871–1886 Metropolitan District Railway 4-4-0T
- 1873–1926 Isle of Man Railway 2-4-0T – see Isle of Man Railway locomotives
- 1911 WAGR G Class 4-6-0
- 1898 Tobu Railway B1 class 4-4-0 (12 locos)
- 1931 GWR 5700 Class (25 off)
- 1952 Western Australian Government Railways "W" class 4-8-2 (sixty off)
- 1909 TGR K class
- 1925 LNER Class U1
- 1926 Victorian Railways G class
- 1927 LMS Garratt
- 1928 NZR G class
- 1928 SAR GL Class
- 1937 SAR NGG 16 Class
- 1951 South Australian Railways 400 class (under licence by Societe Franco-Belge)
- 1952 New South Wales AD60 class locomotive of the NSWGR
- 1955 EAR 59 class of the EAR
Beyer-Ljungstrom Turbine Locomotive The Beyer-Ljungstrom Turbine Locomotive
- 1954–56 Western Australian Government Railways X class, built at Bowesfield Works, Stockton-on-Tees.
- 1961–63 British Rail Class 35
- 1962 British Rail Class 25
- 1964 British Rail Class 17
- 1956–58 New South Wales 46 class, built at Bowesfield Works, Stockton-on-Tees.
- 1960–62 British Rail Class 82
Diesel and electric locomotives
|BP No.||Built||Company built for||Locomotive number(s)||Class||Wheel arrangement||Preserved at|
|1956||NSWGR||4601||46 Class||Co-Co||Valley Heights Locomotive Depot Heritage Museum|
|1956||NSWGR||4602||46 Class||Co-Co||Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum|
|1956||NSWGR||4615||46 Class||Co-Co||Junee Roundhouse Museum on permanent loan from the Sydney Electric Train Society|
|1956||NSWGR||4617||46 Class||Co-Co||Privately owned, Junee (cab only)|
|1956||NSWGR||4627||46 Class||Co-Co||Sydney Electric Train Society|
|1956||NSWGR||4638||46 Class||Co-Co||New South Wales Rail Transport Museum, Broadmeadow Loco Depot|
|1961||British Railways||E3054, 82008||BR Class 82||Bo-Bo||Barrow Hill Engine Shed|
|7911||1962||British Railways||D7017||BR Class 35 Hymek||B-B||West Somerset Railway|
|7912||1962||British Railways||D7018||BR Class 35 Hymek||B-B||West Somerset Railway|
|7923||1962||British Railways||D7029||BR Class 35 Hymek||B-B||Severn Valley Railway|
|7980||1963||British Railways||D7076||BR Class 35 Hymek||B-B||East Lancs Railway|
|8038||1965||British Railways||D7628, 25278 Sybilla||BR Class 25||Bo-Bo||North Yorkshire Moors Railway - Operational|
|8039||1965||British Railways||D7629, 25279||BR Class 25||Bo-Bo||Great Central Railway (Nottingham) - Operational|
|8043||1965||British Railways||D7633, 25283||BR Class 25||Bo-Bo||Dean Forest Railway - Operational|
- Tobu Museum exhibit guide Retrieved on 11 March 2009 (Japanese)
- "Veteran Electric Finds New Home as In-Traffic Units Face Uncertain Future" Railway Digest July 1998 page 10
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