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Some tenty years after its introduction in September 1931, No 40647 heads a local train at Ayr on 27th July 1951. Note the Fowler flat sided tender which differed from the earlier Midland tender with coal rails as seen attached to 40491 above.(Above-Inset-Below) Listed among the engines in my Ian Allan abc Locospotters Book (1958-59 winter edition) are 33 'Compound' Class 4P 4-4-0s Nos 40907-41193, albeit the sequence of numbers reveal ominous gaps due to scrapping.

By the summer of 1960 only four remained in BR stock: No 40907 at Millhouses (Sheffield), at Manningham (Bradford) and the remaining two at Monument Lane (Birmingham).

Note the wooden blocks on the buffer beam which were ideal for dock shunting purposes.

Both classes were identical in many respects; the Stanier engines had the same 5ft 3in driving wheels, 3ft 3½ins pony wheels and trailing wheels, identical sized cylinders at 17½in X 26ins, the same 21,485lb tractive effort, 200 in.The class was adopted by the LMS as a standard light passenger engine and many went to Scotland for service on the Glasgow and South West routes.During BR days the Class 2P continued to operate on the Scottish Region, principally around Kilmarnock.No 40491 was among only a few survivors of this once extensive class totalling 245 - only thirty six engines were still listed in my 1958-59 winter abc; No 40491 was withdrawn in October 1960.The majority of the 2Ps were allocated to sheds on the old MR system, chiefly in the Midlands.

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