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The Class 9F was the last in a series of standard locomotive classes designed for British Railways during the 1950s, and was intended for use on fast, heavy freight trains over long distances. It was one of the most powerful steam locomotive types ever constructed in Britain, and successfully performed its intended duties.


British Railways Standard Class 9F number 92220 Evening Star, is a preserved British steam locomotive completed in 1960. It was the last steam locomotive to be built by British Railways. It holds the distinction of being the only British main line steam locomotive ear-marked for preservation from the date of construction. It was the 999th locomotive of the whole British Railways Standard range.


The name Evening Star was chosen following a competition run in 1959-60 by the BR Western Region Staff Magazine. There were three competition winners, Driver T.M. Phillips (Aberystwyth), Boilermaker J.S. Sathi (Old Oak Common) and F.L. Pugh (Paddington), who had all suggested Evening Star.


This name had been used twice before on GWR locomotives: one of the early Star class broad gauge locomotives built in 1839 was named Morning Star, and a subsequent member of the same class was named Evening Star; and a locomotive of the four-cylinder 4000 class which was built in 1907 was also named Evening Star. The name was thought to be a fitting end to steam, and was chosen from hundreds of names entered. A special commemorative plate was affixed below the nameplate on the smoke deflectors. The commemorative plate reads:


No. 92220 built at Swindon

March 1960


The last steam locomotive for British Railways

Named at Swindon on March 18 1960 by

K.W.C. Grand, Esq.

Member of the British Transport Commission

Pines Express

Starting from Evercreech Junction you are in charge of the last ever northbound Pines Express. Emulate the achievements of Peter Smith as you attempt to take this record load of 426 tons unaided over the Mendips to Bath.

Very Hard

Evercreech Junction

BR Green 92220 Evening Star


Summer Saturday

Bath Green Park is busy with locomotive movements. It is essential that you follow the instructions for the AI to carry out their complex manoeuvres, before setting out with a heavy train for Templecombe.

Hard

Bath Green Park

BR Green 92220 Evening Star


Red Dragon

Your task is to take preserved 9f Evening Star on the Red Dragon re-enactment preservation special from Didcot to Paddington.

Easy

Didcot Parkway Station

BR Green 92220 Evening Star


Iron Awe

More complex operations, You are in charge of the banking loco of a very heavy iron ore train. Follow the on screen instructions and watch your speed as the brakes are barely able to cope!

Very Hard

Dunston Staithes

BR Dirty 9F single chimney

Routes Featuring the 9f Evening Star

Bath Green Park to Templecoombe

Newcastle to York

Oxford to Paddington