|THE INDUSTRIAL RAILWAY RECORD||
© DECEMBER 1963
by FRANK JONES
The two 3' 0" gauge locomotives at the Vauxhall Gas Works were the nearest industrials to Big Ben. A number of enthusiasts missed them although the Works were immediately at the south end of Vauxhall Bridge. VULCAN was built by Peckett to Bagnall design. The wing tanks were a unique feature of Bagnalls and the inside cylinders made them exceptionally rare. The drivers were not dwarfs, but sat sideways looking across the track. (VULCAN, Peckett 1805, was supplied new on 31−7−1929. It was the smallest locomotive built by Peckett and was known rather appropriately as the "Ant" class. – Hon. Ed.)
It may not be well known that as many as two hundred locomotives worked on the Manchester Ship Canal contract of T.A. Walker, several being built specially for the contracts. An unusual feature was the large number of side tanks; even "rare" builders like Sharp Stewart, Walker Bros. and Kitson built these. [Below] we have BURNLEY (Walker Bros. of 1888) which ended its days at Foxfield colliery, near Stoke, and NORTHWICH (Sharp Stewart 3473 of 1889).