Perkins is a diesel engine working on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
NG 39 was the second Muir-Hill Fordson tractor to be bought by the railway for quarry traffic. She arrived in 1929, two years after the original tractor, and was rebuilt as a steam-outline diesel 0-4-4 in 1931 for use on passenger trains. In this guise it was named the Passenger Tractor and nicknamed Pretender. She worked through the war and the first passenger services after the end of the conflict. In 1975 the petrol engine was replaced with a Perkins P6 diesel, giving the loco a modern radiator grill at the front. In 1984, the engine was rebuilt again, however this time she lost her fake steam outline and became similar to an industrial diesel shunter. She was named Perkins in 1985 and was re-engined again in 1990. Her main use is on permanent way trains.
Frank is based on her, with added round buffers.
Perkins is painted yellow and black.
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