Garratt locomotive inside the Beyer Peacock works in Gorton, Manchester.
Undoubtedly the most famous products that Beyer Peacock turned out were the Garratt type articulated locomotives. These machines were very popular in Africa and the Far East, although there were a few built for service here in Britain. They consisted of a boiler mounted between two sets of driving wheels and connected by flexible hoses, the result being a locomotive of great power that could negotiate tight bends. At the time of photography in 1925, this particular example was built for the London & North Eastern Railway and had the mighty wheel arrangement of 2-8-0+0-8-2. It was numbered 2395 in the LNER fleet and spent most of its working life on banking (assisting heavy trains up steep hills by pushing from the back) duties on the Worsborough incline. See on Route Map