By Bob Shephard

It is fascinating to watch the progress of model builds each year at an exhibition. One such is the BR 9F Evening Star 2-10-0 under construction in 5” gauge from works drawings by Bob Shephard. These photo are from the Midlands Exhibition in 2019, the last Bristol event and Midlands 2013.

We first saw it at the Midlands Model Exhibition in 2013. And it was a fine piece of work. It ticked all the boxes - great prototype, excellent craftsmanship, and looking the part as it was being built to works detail and assembly drawings. Note the fabricated cylinder castings and motion plates, too.

No 92220 Evening Star was the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, and the last from Swindon Works. It was the 999th locomotive in the British Railways Standard range. It was actually earmarked for preservation from the day construction began in 1960. It was finished in BR Brunswick green livery, normally reserved for passenger locomotives, and was completed with a copper-capped double chimney. All other heavy freight locomotives were painted unlined black.

It was the only Class 9F to be named when running with BR, although others were subsequently named in preservation. The name Evening Star was chosen following a competition run in 1959-60 by the BR Western Region Staff Magazine. 'Evening Star' had been used twice before on GWR locomotives: one of the early Star class broad gauge locomotives built in 1839 was named Morning Star, as was a later member of the same class. A locomotive of the four-cylinder 4000 class built in 1907 was also named Evening Star.

Designed by R. A. Riddles these 2-10-0 locomotives had 5’ dia wheels. the centre pair of which were flangeless. The two cylinders were of 20” dia and 28” stroke. Evening Star was withdrawn after just five years work on the Western Region. It is now preserved at the National Railway Museum, York.






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