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Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly No. 2641, 1941

Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly No. 2641, 1941


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Date: 10th March 2014

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Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly No. 2641, 1941

Great Western Tender, No. W84 is featured in this official image taken in April 1941. Formerly No. 2641, this 4000 gallon engine tender was requisitioned by the Government for use with a fire fighting train. Fire fighting trains were located at key points across the network to react quickly in the event of an air raid. The water in the tenders was used to put out fires and one of the fire fighting trains had 6 tenders attached which held up to 15, 000 gallons of water, enough to supply water to attached petrol motor pumps for up to two and a half hours

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Air Raid World War 2 Fire Fighting Tender Water Pump


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This print showcases the impressive Great Western Tender, No. W84, formerly known as No. 2641, during the height of World War II in April 1941. In this official image captured by STEAM Museum of the GWR, we get a glimpse into the vital role this 4000 gallon engine tender played in fire fighting efforts. Requisitioned by the Government for use with a specialized fire fighting train, Great Western Tender No. W84 was stationed strategically across the network to swiftly respond to air raids. These fire fighting trains were equipped with multiple tenders attached together, capable of holding an astounding total of 15,000 gallons of water. During these turbulent times, it was crucial to have such resources readily available to combat fires caused by enemy attacks. The water stored within these tenders served as a lifeline for attached petrol motor pumps that could operate for up to two and a half hours. This historic photograph not only captures an iconic piece of machinery but also serves as a poignant reminder of the resilience and ingenuity displayed during World War II. The Great Western Tender No. W84 stands tall as a symbol of strength and determination in protecting communities from devastating fires amidst one of humanity's darkest chapters - truly embodying the spirit and heroism that defined those challenging times.

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