First Look: Hornby's all-new '9F'
Hornby’s all-new ‘OO’ gauge BR Standard ‘9F’ 2-10-0 is progressing with Engineering Prototype (EP) samples arriving with the manufacturer in late 2021 for inspection.
Hornby has held a close association with the ‘9F’ since the early 1970s when it first appeared in the Tri-ang Hornby range. It was duly upgraded in the late 1980s and again in the late 1990s, before a new generation locomotive-drive model appeared as part of the company’s RailRoad range from 2008.
In 2021, the manufacturer revealed plans to produce an all-new ‘OO’ gauge model of the ’9F’ which is set to feature a die-cast metal body, locomotive drive, five-pole skew-wound motor and a wealth of separately applied detailing including smokebox door dart, lamp irons, smoke deflectors, steps, brake rodding, wire handrails, sprung metal buffers and ATC/AWS equipment, together with detailed cab interior and a selection of five all-new tenders - BR1B, BR1C, BR1F, BR1G and BR1K.
Since the initial launch, Hornby has subsequently enhanced the specification with the addition of a flickering firebox effect and inclusion of a 21-pin Digital Command Control (DCC) decoder socket, in line with many of the company’s new 2022 releases.
Three versions of the all-new ‘9F’ are set to appear later this year as 92167 in BR black with early crests and BR1K tender (R3986), 92194 in BR black with late crests and BR1F tender (R3987) and 92220 Evening Star in BR lined green with late crests and BR1G tender (R3988).
Hornby has also revised its pricing since the initial announcements, with prices now set at £252.99 each. Delivery is currently anticipated this summer.
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