BR’s Standard ‘9F’

REALITY CHECK

One of the most successful BR standard steam locomotives was the massive 2-10-0, more commonly known as the ‘9F’. These handsome machines proved to be capable all-rounders, despite being intended for heavy freight, as EVAN GREEN-HUGHES remembers.

Tyne Dock based ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92099 arrives at Consett with coal for the steelworks in July 1966. Note the missing cylinder head cover, a Tyne Dock shed feature, and its unusually immaculate presentation.
Dave Cobbe/Railphotoprints.uk.

FOR those of us modelling the late 1950s or the following decade, no layout would be complete without a model of one of BR’s best locomotives, the ‘9F’. For many that model will be of the last steam engine to emerge from Swindon Works, the famous 92220 Evening Star. For others, it will be one or other of the 251 examples which worked almost everywhere in the country where a heavy freight engine was required.

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