ACE Trains E/21 Class 57XX 0-6-0 Pannier Tank Locomotives
The Class 57XX 0-6-0 Pannier series of tank locomotive is the Great Western through and through. It provided the railway’s main shunting capacity and was seen all over the GWR network. Despite its size it remained a very iconic locomotive and was one of the most evocative sights on the GWR and later BR Western Region. They were so numerous and reliable that they lasted right up to the very last days of steam. The vast majority of the 863 locomotives built between 1929 and 1950 came from the Swindon works and represented the second most-produced class of steam locomotive to be built in these islands.
The first batches of the 57XX Class were almost identical replicas of earlier rebuilt Pannier locomotives but significantly improved by Collett and his GWR team. Given the eventual numbers of the 57XX Class locomotives were spread across several series of numbers; some 25 per cent of them were later built by private builders and outside contractors. Whilst the Class 57XX was synonymous with earlier GWR and BR Western Region settings it now represents a key part of the modern heritage railway revival with some 16 locomotives including 6 ex-London Transport to be found on lines around the country.
The ACE version is based on the earlier cab type and manufactured in a variety of GWR, BR and London Transport liveries – all with jewelled lamps. As always with ACE the Pannier tank is produced so that it can be run on both two and three track. With the two rail option using ETS/Lehnhardt road track it will be perfectly possible to recreate the above Bristol Harbour side railway. Available in either gloss or satin finished liveries. Other features of the ACE version include coupling rods fitted to the wheels together twin motor powering with one incorporating a clutch mechanism.