Bob Shepard’s



One of the joys of model engineering exhibitions is to be able to see models under construction, like this Evening Star by Bob Shepard being built to British Railways details and assembly works drawings on show at the 2013 Midlands exhibition. Interesting to note the preference for fabrication over castings.

BR standard class 92220 Evening Star is well known as the last steam locomotive to be built in the UK. It was built in Swindon in 1960, and destined for preservation even before it was completed. It was the 999th standard locomotive on British Railways.

It was finished in Brunswick green livery and a copper capped double chimney. All other members of this heavy freight class were finished in unlined black.

92220 was used over the Western Region and over the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway line.  It was recorded hauling passenger express trains at over 90 mph . It was withdrawn in 1965, after a working life of only five years but was subsequently preserved as part of the National Collection.

Although steamed since retirement, Evening Star has been a static exhibit at York for many years. She is one of nine surviving 9Fs.

After a brief period displayed at the Shildon Locomotion Museum, County Durham, the engine returned to Swindon Works in 2008 and remained on display for two years at the Swindon Steam Railway Museum to celebrate its 50th anniversary before returning to York in 2010.