L&YR Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (Peacock) no. 978

Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Barton Wright/Aspinal 6′-0″ 4-4-0 (nicknamed a “Peacock”). Beautifully built from scratch and painted by Gordon Heywood in 1963, provenance painted on the underside of the running plate. I didn’t realise that build quality like this was achievable in the sixties, other than by the famous names of Stanley Beeson and Bernard Miller. The crests, all lettering and lining have been painted by hand and the quality of the etched cabside number plates and the “Beyer Peacock & Co.Ltd. Manchester 1883” builders plates, shaped around the opening of the leading coupling rod splasher, is superb. The livery is still in very good condition for such an early model and the detail inside the cab is also superb. The wheels have been expertly machined from good quality cast iron blanks and I believe the motor and gears are home made.