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Pannier tank, no. 7766, c. 1930s

Pannier tank, no. 7766, c. 1930s


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Filename: HL05E 081 Broad gauge snow.jpg

Size: 2400 x 1779 (1.6MB)

Date: 27th February 2015

Source: STEAM Museum of the GWR

Unique Reference Number: HL05E 081

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Pannier tank, no. 7766, c. 1930s

A rather unfortunate scene here as pannier tank, number 7766, is stuck in the snow in an unknown location. This 0-6-0 locomotive was built in 1931

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Pannier Tank Winter


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In this evocative photograph, the once-proud Pannier Tank locomotive, number 7766, finds itself in a rather unfortunate predicament as it becomes ensnared in the unforgiving grip of a winter's snowstorm. The scene unfolds in an unspecified location, the only evidence of civilization being the faint plume of steam rising from the engine's chimney. Built in 1931, this 0-6-0 Pannier Tank locomotive was a common sight on the rails of the Great Western Railway (GWR) during the interwar period. Its distinctive design, characterized by the external water tanks mounted on each side of the engine, allowed for a greater carrying capacity and extended range, making it an essential workhorse for the railway. However, as the seasons turned and winter's icy grasp tightened, even the most robust engines could fall victim to the elements. In this photograph, the once-powerful 7766 lies stranded, its wheels spinning fruitlessly against the frozen ground, as snow piles up around it. The scene is a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by railway crews during the harsh winter months, when the relentless pursuit of keeping the trains running was a test of both engineering prowess and human endurance. Despite the apparent hopelessness of the situation, the spirit of determination and resilience is palpable in the image. The crew, bundled up against the cold, are likely working tirelessly to free the locomotive, their unwavering commitment to their duties evident in their unyielding presence. The photograph serves as a testament to the indomitable spirit of the railway workers, who, come rain, shine, or snow, were always there to keep the trains moving.

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