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Quainton News Archive - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

Ruston & Hornsby No. 463153 - Hilsea

A Southern Gas Duo are Preserved

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At Hilsea Gasworks - Peckett 2100 and Ruston 463153

The Gasworks at Hilsea, alongside the LSWR/LBSCR main line into Portsmouth, was built between 1902 and 1905 and had an extensive rail system. At its peak there were over two miles of standard and more than a mile of 2ft 6in gauge tracks. Steam locomotives were used on both gauges - the narrow gauge closing in 1920, replaced by conveyors. The Works had a longer life than many others, because its coal gas plant was replaced in 1967 by modern high-pressure reforming plant based on naphtha light oil distillate as feedstock. The naphtha was delivered by rail tank car in block trains from Esso, Fawley. This traffic was not suited to steam shunting locomotives and Peckett 2100/1949 was infrequently used after the mid-sixties. A Ruston 88DS diesel shunting locomotive, 463153, was delivered new to Hilsea in 1961 and soon acquired its Fleet No. 1139, in the Southerngas transport series. On 18th November 1983, after a long period of careful storage, Peckett 2100 was taken from its shed and dispatched to the GW Preservation Group at Southall, on loan from Portsmouth City, but ultimately destined for their projected Museum at Eastney. Rail traffic finally ended and the Works shut in 1985. The second of the duo, the Ruston, has happily also been saved and has been loaned to our Society. It arrived on 2nd September and off-loaded into the up yard. Soon it will be repainted, from its red livery to British Gas blue. We would like to express our appreciation to Southerngas for their kindness in loaning us this useful shunter, which is in good order.

The text in this Quainton Railway Society publication was written in 1987 and so does not reflect events in the 27+ years since publication. The text and photographs are repeated verbatim from the original publication, with only a few minor grammar changes but some clarifying notes are added if deemed necessary. The photos from the original publication are provided as scans in this internet version of this long out of print publication.

A Southern Gas Duo are Preserved - Quainton News No. 61 - Autumn / Winter 1986 / 87

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