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Brief History 9F
After experience gained with the War Department locomotives during the Second World War, the newly formed British Railways under R. A. Riddles opted for a 2-10-0 heavy freight locomotive as part of its range of Standard locomotive classes.
Design work commenced at Brighton and Derby in 1951. A total of 251 locomotives (10 of these were of a different design known as Franco-Crosti) were ordered with Crewe building 198 and Swindon 53, with construction spread over several batches.
After the publication of the 'Modernisation of British Railways' in 1955, the emphasis changed towards diesel and electric traction. Steam locomotive construction continued and in 1960 the last 9F and the last steam locomotive to be built for British Railways emerged from Swindon Works. As benefitted such an occasion this locomotive, No. 92220, was the only one not to carry unlined black. Instead it was turned out in the lined passenger green livery and named 'Evening Star'.
Although officially freight locomotives they could also be found on passenger trains, particularly over steeply graded lines such as the famous Somerset and Dorset line between Bath Green and Bournemouth West.
The first 9F was withdrawn in May 1964 and by June 1968 the last of them had been laid aside. Fortunately nine locomotives went on to enter preservation including @Evening Star' which is now part of the National Collection.