Built to haul the heaviest freight trains on the railways, 92212 was one of 251 Standard Class 9F locomotives built by British Railways in the 1950s. You can see Evening Star, her sister loco and last steam locomotive to be built in Britain* on display at the National Railway Museum.

9 Years
25 Miles
Per Hour
58 Years
of age
86 Tons of

Built for Freight

New freight locos for BR

The 9F's, like all of the BR Standard locomotives, were designed by Robert Riddles to offer greater efficiency, reliability and ease of maintenance. The 9Fs were built to work the heavy coal and aggregates trains across the railway network.

By using 10 driving wheels the 9Fs had almost unsurpassed levels of grip, allowing them to climb steep hills with heavy trains. Having so many wheels meant that the middle driving wheel had to be flangeless, so that the engines could still get around tight corners!

Despite being primarily freight engines, the 9Fs sometimes found themselves pulling express passenger trains. On one occasion a 9F was booked to haul a train that would normally have been operated with an express locomotive like Bittern, and was recorded at a speed of more than 90mph. This means the engines wheels would have been going round more than 8 times per second!

During her career 92212 was based all across the country, from Banbury to Bath and Tyseley to Carnforth covering all five regions of British Railways. She was eventually retired in January 1968 less than 10 years after being built. 92212 has now been restored to running condition and can be found running at the Watercress Line in Hampshire.

Photography courtesy Geoff Griffiths.