4588 at Peak Rail

Peak Rail at Rowsley South GWR Prairie tank 4588 and 5553 2015 copyright Colin Foster (edit)

Copyright Colin Foster

Earlier in the year we reported (here) that the Paignton and Dartmouth Railway had sold their GWR prairie tank locomotive no 4588, but we were unsure of the final destination.  Thanks to Colin Foster we can report that 4588 is currently in Rowsley South on the Peak Railway.  Given that it is parked next to Pete Waterman’s prairie 5553, it looks as if it might have been purchased by the former music producer (although this is speculation as this goes to press with conflicting sources.)

Dr Pete Waterman OBE DL is in the process of re-locating from Crewe his Waterman Railway Heritage Trust to Rowsley.  The Trust will be restoring his collection of steam locomotives whilst providing training opportunities for young people interested in a career in the railway industry.  It certainly will be worth keeping an eye on developments at Peak Rail in the future, as Pete Waterman’s programme will help pass on the traditional craft skills required to keep steam locomotives alive down to new generations.