The Transport Sale | 20 September 2017

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A very rare exhibition quality 5 inch gauge model of the British Railways...

Sold for £20000

Est: £8000–10000

A very rare exhibition quality 5 inch gauge model of the British Railways Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 tender locomotive No 92024, built to the Franco Crosti boiler design of which only 10 where built at Crewe in 1955. All ten went to Wellingborough shed 15A. This model is as the locomotive was originally built with no later alterations or re-building. The model built by Mr B G Aldred of Peterborough over a 30 year period together with a sister Locomotive No.92184 also being offered for sale in this auction.

The locomotive fitted with a silver soldered copper boiler with super-heater, twin injectors fitted, cab backhead fittings include twin water gauges, pressure and other scaled gauges, lever-operated sliding firehole doors, glazed windows, simulated planked cab floor, checker plate-work, drivers seats, brake and blower valves, screw reverser. Chassis with twin outside cylinders having piston valves operated by Walschaert's gear, cab operated drain cocks, fluted motion - work and ratchet lubrication.

A BR1-B type 4725 gallon six wheel tender with coal division, riveted tank, fitted folding side doors, hand brake, steps, hand rails, lamp irons, rear ladder, leaf spring suspension, couplings, connection hoses and vacuum hoses. The model is finely finished in British Railways black livery with British Railways emblem on the tender. Detailed rivet-work, fitted steps, hand rails, coupling and vacuum hoses. Length 180cm. Cab width 24cm.

Boiler History: No boiler history available. The model comes together with a photographic history folder of the locomotive and boiler being built.The boiler was tested by the owner when built but the model has never been steamed. The original boilers were designed in the 1930’s by Attilio Franco and Dr Piero Crosti.

The British Railways BR Standard Class 9F 2-10-0 is a class of steam locomotive designed for British Railways by Robert Riddles. The Class 9F was the last in a series of standardized 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. The class earned a nickname of 'Spaceships', due to its size and shape. At various times during the 1950s the 9Fs worked passenger trains with great success, indicating the versatility of the design, sometimes considered to represent the ultimate in British steam development.

Several experimental variants were constructed in an effort to reduce costs and maintenance, although these met with varying degrees of success. The total number built was 251, production being shared between Swindon (53) and Crewe Works (198). This Locomotive No 92024 was built in Crewe and went to Wellingborough shed 15A. The chimney is blocked off in these Locomotives. The last of the class, 92220 Evening Star , was the final steam locomotive to be built by British Railways, in 1960. Withdrawals began in 1964, with the final locomotives removed from service in 1968. Several examples have survived into the preservation era in varying states of repair, including Evening Star .


The Transport Sale

Wednesday 20 September 2017, 11.00am

Donnington Priory
Oxford Road
RG14 2JE


Saturday 16 September
9.30am – 1pm
Monday 18 September
9am – 7pm
Tuesday 19 September
9am – 4.30pm
Day of sale from 8.30am

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