The Great Western Railway’s ‘Pannier’ tanks were a signature of the region. The first was introduced in the early 1880s and, miraculously, the last of the breed was built under British Railways to a Hawksworth design in 1956. There were many variations suitable for shunting, pick up goods, light passenger and auto-working duties with the best known being the 1929 introduced Collett ‘57XX’ series which totalled 863 locomotives. In model form, the ‘Pannier’ has been well catered in all scales with ‘OO’ benefitting from models of the ‘57XX’, ‘8750’ and ‘64XX’ and soon the ‘94XX’ will also be joining the fray with Bachmann. ‘N’ and ‘O’ also have models of the ‘57XX’, ‘8750’ and ‘64XX’ versions. So, if you haven’t already got a ‘Pannier’ tank and you are modelling the Western Region any time between 1881 and the mid-1960s, then you need one!

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