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View of ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 40936 coupled to the experimental Stanier 3500 gallon tender

View of ex-LMS 4P 4-4-0 Compound No 40936 coupled to the experimental Stanier 3500 gallon tender seen in 1951. The tender was the precursor to Stanier's later standard 4000 gallon design. Built using the Midland Railway's standard 6'-6"+6'-6" chassis, the body was made wider to suit the cabs employed by Stanier and instead of coal rails had higher inward flared side walls to carry more coal. In fact the lining employed on the side of the tender almost provides an accurate outline of the side walls to the MR 3500 gallon tender. The final Stanier design employed the tender body as seen above but on a 7'-6"+7'-6" chassis which provided the greater water and coal capacity that was required.

Built as No 936 at Derby works in September 1932 No 40936 remained in service until, as the last of its class, it was withdrawn from Monument Lane shed in January 1961 some ten years after this photograph was taken. 'John H-T' wrote on www.railwayforum.net, 'It is possible that 40936 may have run with this tender since the 1930s. There is a photo of No 936 with this tender in LMS crimson lake livery, which would date the photo pre 1940, in Locomotives of British Railways by Casserly and Asher. The tender was transferred to No 40933 in BR days. Casserley and Asher state that it was the only tender of this type to be attached to a Compound locomotive. Incidently I am fairly sure that No 41168 was the last compound, withdrawn in July 1961 and not cut up until 1962. I believe that a group led by Pete Beat tried to preserve it'.

Whilst a writer using the pseudonym '50002' on www.national-preservation.com states, 'The 1962 RCTS book on the Midland Compounds says that this tender was originally standard Fowler 3500 gallon tender No 3677. It was originally attached to a 4F 0-6-0 but was rebuilt with high curved sides in May 1933 and attached to compound No 936. It stayed with No 936 until 1954 when it was exchanged for the orthodox Fowler tender from No 40933. What happened to the high sided tender after that is not stated. Perhaps it remained with No 40933 until that loco was withdrawn in 1958?'