Ex British Rail 9F 92212 leaves Highley during the recent Steam Gala.
The British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 was designed for BR by Robert Riddles. The 9F’s were the last in a series of standardised locomotive classes designed for BR during the 1950s, and was intended for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. It was one of the most powerful locomotive types ever constructed in Britain and successfully performed its intended duties.
92212 was one of the last 9Fs to be built, being turned out from Swindon in September 1959. She was withdrawn and sold to Woodhams Scrap yard in Barry in July 1968. Eventually she found her way to the to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough in September 1979. Restoration was completed in September 1996, and after just over ten years in preservation she underwent a major overhaul lasting just over two years, the locomotive returned to operational service on 11 September 2009.
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