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5 inch gauge BR 9F 2-10-0 "Evening Star" - stock code 9504

A 5 inch gauge BR 9F 2-10-0 "Evening Star", an exceptionally well-built locomotive to the highly-detailed Les Warnett design, serialised in "Engineering in Miniature" magazine.

We've known this engine for some years and watched its progress, a fastidious build by a highly experienced model engineer. Regular readers will have seen other engines from his collection featured on these pages, including the LSWR T6 sold recently, fine 3 inch scale Atkinson wagon, 5 inch gauge Class 66 and 2 inch scale Fowler Showmans road locomotive.

Work to date is to an excellent standard throughout, the builder reckons to have spent over 2000 hours on the build thus far.

The commercially made boiler was supplied new by Blackgates at the start of the project in the 1990s, it's complete with original manufacturer's test certificate.

The pictures opposite show everything included, including:

  • motionwork and valve gear
  • motion brackets with expansion link assemblies
  • reverser gearbox
  • smokebox fitting including wet header and blast pipe
  • injectors and safety valves
  • lubricators
  • tender water filter boxes
  • platework including cab, running boards and smoke deflectors
  • TIG welded radiant superheaters

The locomotive is up to rolling chassis stage, with cylinders fitted. Tender chassis is largely complete and rolling, with much of the superstructure fabricated.

Complete with eight bound volumes of "Engineering in Miniature" magazine, covering the original construction series.

gauge 5 inch
length/inches 45 + 26
width/inches 9
height/inches 15
wheel material cast iron
axlebox type plain bearing
cylinder material cast iron
valve type piston
valve gear Walschaerts
reverser type screw
injector(s) 2
boiler number 211294
year built 1994
boiler maker Blackgates Engineering
CE mark n/a pre-2002
working pressure/psi 100
boiler type locomotive
boiler material copper
boiler construction silver soldered
superheater(s) 4
superheater type radiant
fusible plug firebox bushed for fusible plug