|Engine||Latterly Petter PH1, planned Lister TS2|
Many thousands of gangers self-propelled trollies have been built for track maintenance throughout the world.
This example was not built for BR, but private industry, ending up at Tees & Hartlepool Ports Authority, (later PD Ports) in Middlesborough, from whence it was donated to Andrew. It had a non-standard Petter (PH1) engine and had received considerable damage at the engine end, having been struck by a loco.
After several years in store at Andrew's home, agreement was reached with a small group of members of the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway for the vehicle to go to them on indefinite loan. Unfortunately they were unable to progress the restoration as hoped, and on August 31st 2017 the Wickham was brought back, this time to Darley Dale, where the the facilities afford a real prospect of restoration.
Over the next few months the vehicle was gradually stripped down. It would apper that the chassis is not actually genuine Wickham, having been replaced some time ago with a heavier frame made out of I beam sections Bodywork appears to have been re-used, though now heavily corroded. The Petter engine was underpowered and had been fitted by adding an adaptor on the output shaft to hold the flywheel and clutch from the original Ford engine. The decision was taken to modify the vehicle, the Petter being put up for sale, and the change-speed (Ford) gearbox being sold for use in another Wickham. The new transmission is planned to be hydrstatic, and a Lister TS2 has been aquired, to drive a hydraulic pump.