British Railway History Item
Arthur H. Peppercorn
Arthur H. Peppercorn became the Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the LNER on 1st July 1946 with the retirement of Edward Thompson. Peppercorn was in many ways more like Gresley than Thompson. He pleased many at Doncaster by recalling some of Gresley's former assistants.
Peppercorn was the last CME of the LNER before nationalisation, and as such, he was only CME for 18 months. During this time he inherited Thompson's rebuild of the Gresley K4 2-6-0. This had become class K1, and Peppercorn ordered a total of 70. He also continued production of Thompson's B1s and L1s. He ceased production of Thompson's A2/2 Pacific, though.
Peppercorn is probably best known for his A1 and A2 Pacifics, the first of which started to appear just in time to receive "LNER" on their tenders rather "British Railways". These became known as some of the best steaming locomotives to ever run in Britain.
Peppercorn retired from British Railways in 1949, after only 2 years with the new regime. He died on 3rd March 1951.
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