British Railways Class 9F 2-10-0s

British Railways Class 9F 2-10-0s


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Alan C. Butcher

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From slow heavy freights to express passenger services the 9F class was master of all; it could be said that the British railway industry left the best till last. Unfortunately, they were designed to see 25-30 years’ service; their lifespan was tragically short. Introduced in 1954, the Class 9Fs were the final main line steam locomotives built in any numbers and proved worthy of the role; whilst the other Standard designs were updated replacements of existing types – the 9Fs were something different and more than capable of handling any type of service. Designed at Brighton, built at Crewe and Swindon, the class suffered from the fact that, as with the rest of the Standard locomotive classes, they were withdrawn well before their intended demise. When the locomotives were under construction it was anticipated that steam traction would remain until well into the 1980s, by which time much of the network would be electrified. However, with the reduction in numbers of people willing to work with steam and the rush to change to diesel traction, the 9Fs were forced into retreat with many of the class never receiving a Heavy Overhaul. The last of the class, No 92220, was erected at Swindon Works in 1960 and named Evening Star in a ceremony that signalled the end of BR steam locomotive construction.

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Weight 570 g
Dimensions 27.3 × 21.5 cm









273 x 215 mm



3 reviews for British Railways Class 9F 2-10-0s

  1. 5 out of 5

    George Robertson

    I found this to be a well documented publication with excellent illustrations depicting the class at work.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Rowlinson

    This is a great publication and I particularly liked the way the photos were grouped into the year of build. A few more details on differences between engines such as single/double chimney etc would have been preferred at the expense of some of the descriptions of the background to the locations but overall this is a good book which is well recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    John Warr

    I have been a fan of all of the BR Standard locomotives, the 9Fs being one of my favourites, so I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, it was well laid out and provided plenty of information. If I have a criticism, it is that there is next to nothing about the excellent work the 9Fs did in south Wales (where I have lived for much of my adult life), this could be because the Transport Treasury have few images, but apart from that I can recommend the book.

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