London Transport Pannier

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tank

One of the worst kept secrets of steam locomotive colour schemes was discovered a long time before Harry Potter’s Hogwarts Castle (click here for more).  It is a secret that many of a western persuasion would probably keep to themselves… The  secret being that Great Western Railway locomotives painted red look very good. 2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankWhilst visiting the South Devon Railway recently (click here for more), I was fortunate enough to see resident pannier tank L.92 (GWR 5786) in steam, albeit in the pouring rain.

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankAs mentioned in a previous blog post, unlike Prairie Tank L.150 (click here for more), this locomotive carries a “genuine” livery.

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tank13 lucky ex-GWR 57xx pannier tank locomotives survived in service beyond the end of steam on British Railways.  They served working engineers trains based at Neasden shed of the Metropolitan Railway.

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankDespite being reliable excellent performing locomotives, the 13’s extended service wasn’t long lived and they lasted until 1971.  This reprieve from the cutters torch helped 6 of the 13 be preserved for prosperity.  Ten other 57xx class also survived, which is a relatively small proportion when you consider that no less than 863 were constructed between 1929 and 1949.

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankThis locomotive was repainted in it’s attractive livery to coincide with the 150th anniversary of London Underground in 2013.

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankIn 00 scale model form, Bachmann’s 57xx model (click here for its review) has proved to be extremely popular in London Transport lined red.  Indeed, it has featured on my personal wishlist for some time!

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tankI hope you’ve enjoyed this piece and that it hasn’t offended too many GWR fans out there!  Thanks for reading folks 🙂

2014 South Devon Railway - Buckfastleigh - London Transport 57xx L.92 pannier tank

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