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I believe the lineage is something like Fowler 2-6-4T; Stanier 2-6-4T; Fairburn 2-6-4T; BR Std class 2-6-4T. The most obvious change Stanier made to the Fowlers was the introduction of tapered boilers. Some of the early build had 3 cylinders but since they did not show a large enough reduction in running costs, the remainder were built as 2 cylinders.

Another change between Fowlers and Staniers is the addition of windows for the footplate crew. Differences between Staniers and Fairburns may be more subtle; I don't have details. I know that 2-6-4 tanks of most types were a common sight in the west Yorkshire which is my area of interest.

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>dwb - The final batch of Fowler 2-6-4Ts had cab windows.
You're correct. According to the OPC 1955 loco book, 30 of the Fowlers got cab glazing. The list of Fowlers in that book looks to be complete from 42300 up to the first Stanier 2 cylinder loco at 424xx. Did they all the Fowlers survive into national ownership and beyond?

>the first Stanier tank, 2500
which is a 3 cylinder. I can't say that I see any external differences between that and a 2 cylinder model.

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