92220 Evening Star

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92220 was completed at Swindon, at a cost of £33,500, in March 1960 as the 999th and last steam locomotive built by BR. It was turned out in GWR green livery with a copper capped chimney and given the name Evening Star. As the last engine to be built it was earmarked for restoration as soon as it was built.

During its five year in service it achieved the notable feat in June 1960 of hauling the Red Dragon express at estimated speeds up to 90mph and did so whilst using less coal than a GWR Castle class or the rostered Standard Britannia class locomotive would have done.

In September 1962 92220 hauled the last ever Pines Express.

Towards the end of its working life on BR, 92220 was involved in a shunting accident at Cardiff East Dock and suffered damage to the front buffer beam. After this it was stored at Severn Junction depot until it went to Crewe Works for restoration around the start of 1967.

The front end damage gave rise to theories that the engine actually preserved is not 92220 but there is no evidence to support this.

Motive power depot allocations.

Date Arrived Depot
May 1960 Cardiff Canton
July 1962 Bath Green Park
September 1962 Old Oak Common
October 1962 Oxford
August 1963 Bath Green park
October 1963 Cardiff East Dock

92220 was transferred to Bath Green depot so that it could haul the last Pines Express train over the Somerset & Dorset line on 8th September 1963. In doing so it handled the heavy twelve coach train with ease. It also worked some local trains between Bournemouth and Bath around the same time.

The locomotive was withdrawn in March 1965 after five years in service and overhauled at Crewe. It was stored for a short while at the former Pullman Car workshops at Brighton before being loaned to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway from July 1973 until May 1975 when the National Railway Musuem at York was completed.

It was subsequently based at the York from where it operated occasionally on the mainline. In 1989 it was loaned to the West Somerset Railway for the summer season.

92220 operated on many specials on BR tracks in the 1980s, but all 9Fs were subsequently banned from UK mainline tracks, as the flangeless centre driver caused problems with newer points.

In 1990 returned to Swindon where it went on static display whilst the York museum was refurbished.

Home Base Current Status Owner
National Railway Museum – York On static display National Railway Museum NRM Object Number{1975-7024}
922220 York 2016.jpg 92220 in the National Railway Museum at York-2016

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