Hornby R3987

BR, 9F Class, 2-10-0, 92194 - Era 5

Manufacturer catalogue image

Prototype Era
Era 5 (1957 to 1966) British Railways Late Crest

Manufacturer description

The British Railways Standard 9F Class was a 2-10-0 steam locomotive, the last of the standardised BR designs. The Robert Riddles design was intended as a long distance heavy express freight locomotive. In total 251 of the class were produced between January 1954 and March 1960, with the final locomotive No. 92220 ‘Evening Star’ being the last steam locomotive built by British Railways.
The huge length of the 10 coupled driving wheels proved problematic when faced with tight curves, a situation that freight haulage would make inevitable. A solution was found by removing the flanges from the centre driving wheel and reducing the size on the flanges on the second and fourth driving axle’s wheels. Riddles had chosen the 2-10-0 wheel configuration in-order to spread the load of the boiler over a greater area. This meant that the boiler had to be raised considerably compared to other designs to allow the firebox to sit above the trailing driving wheels. As a result, the 9F features a distinctive void between the suspended boiler and the footplate.
In operation the class proved extremely versatile. Not only did the 9F excel as a freight locomotive, but when required it also succeeded as a passenger locomotive. Reports even suggest that when 92220 ‘Evening Star’ was used to pull the Red Dragon express service between Cardiff and London it was forced to delay its arrival to allow the restaurant services to be completed, having outperformed the normal Britannia Class locomotives used on the service. This was not the only time 9Fs had been recorded outperforming dedicated express locomotives and on such services the locomotives were capable of running at over 90mph. This combination of high speed, fast acceleration and powerful hauling capabilities mean that many consider the class to be pinnacle of British steam locomotive design.
Locomotive No. 92194 was built in Swindon during 1958 for use on the Eastern Region. The locomotive was initially allocated to the Doncaster shed where it spent around 8 months between June 1958 and February 1959 at which point it was reallocated to Immingham. Immingham remained the locomotive’s home throughout the rest of its service before withdrawal at the end of 1965, a life of just 7 and a half years.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Hornby
Product Code:
R3987
RRP:
£209.99
Release date:
2021

Model details

Colour
Black
DCC status
DCC Ready 8 pin socket
Finish
Pristine
Gauge
OO
Livery
BR black with late crest
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Motor
5 Pole Skew wound
Running number
92194

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
British Railways Standard 9F
Operator
BR
Motive power
Steam
Wheel arrangement
2-10-0
Designer
Riddles
Ordered by
British Railways
Built
June 1958
Built by
British Railways
Built at
Swindon
Total produced
251
Length of service
7 years
Withdrawn
December 1965

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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