Lee Moor No 2 is a fascinating locomotive. One of two engines built by Peckett & Sons of Bristol for the Lee Moor Tramway, it was built to the very unusual gauge of 4’6″, or ‘Dartmoor Gauge’ as it was known. It is works no 784 and was built in 1899.
The Lee Moor Tramway was used to transport china clay from the open cast quarries at Lee Moor down to Plymouth for shipment. The two Pecketts were confined to the upper end of the line around the clay pits at Lee Moor and the first few miles to the Cann Incline. In the middle of the system was a rope worked incline at Cann Woods where the wagons were lowered down. The lower end of the system was horse worked right up until the end and, unusually, made a crossing on the level of the Great Western main line just east of Laira engine shed where horses were used to take the short clay trains on to the loading wharves at Cattedown in Plymouth.
Traffic died out after the war when it was taken over by road transport and later on via a pipeline. The engines were stored at their shed at Torycombe for many years until the Lee Moor Tramway Society was given ownership of No 2 on the basis that they restored both No 1 and No 2. No 2 was initially moved to Saltram House in the mid 1970s until moving to the South Devon Railway with the only remaining Lee Moor wagon and other artifacts in 2001.
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