BR standard class 9F 92220 Evening Star
|BR Standard Class 9F 92220 Evening Star|
92220 Evening Star at Bolton Percy 14 August 1983
|Build date||February 1960|
|UIC classification||1′E h2|
|Gauge||4 ft 8 1⁄2 in (1,435 mm)|
|Wheel diameter||5 ft 0 in (1.524 m)|
|Length||66ft 2in overall|
|Locomotive weight||86 tons 14 cwt (194,200 lb or 88.1 t)|
|Fuel capacity||9 tons 0 cwt (20,200 lb or 9.2 t)|
|Water capacity||4,725 imp gal (21,480 l; 5,674 US gal)|
|Boiler pressure||250 lbf/in² (1.72 MPa)|
|Cylinder size||20 × 28 in (508 × 711 mm)|
|Tractive effort||39,667 lbf|
|Locale||Western Region of British Railways|
|Current owner||National Collection|
BR 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.
Evening Star was built at Swindon railway works in 1960. Though the last to be built, it was not the last 9F numerically as Crewe had already completed engines with higher numbers. It was equipped with a BR1G-type tender and given BR Brunswick green livery, normally reserved for passenger locomotives, and was completed with a copper-capped double chimney. All other members of the class of heavy freight locomotives were painted unlined black.
92220 was the only Class 9F to be named when running with BR, although others have subsequently been named in preservation; 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.
'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, 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. A special commemorative plate was affixed below the nameplate on the smoke deflectors. The commemorative plate reads:
The wooden patterns for this commemorative plate and the engine's name plate were both carved by pattern maker Fred Marsh.
The naming ceremony took place on the 18 March 1960 at the Swindon railway works, Wiltshire, UK, where the locomotive was built. A speech was given by R.F.Hanks, Chairman of the Western Area Board of British Transport Commission :
But it is also a very great day for Swindon, and, to my friends from other Regions and from the B.T.C., I trust I shall not be considered parochial when I say that it is a proud day for Great Western men everywhere who will find much satisfaction, since there had to be a “last one” that it should fall to the lot of Swindon to see the job through. [..] I am sure it has been truly said that no other product of man’s mind has ever exercised such a compelling hold upon the public’s imagination as the steam locomotive. No other machine, in its day, has been a more faithful friend to mankind and has contributed more to the cause of industrial prosperity in this, the land of its birth, and throughout the world.—RF Hanks (18 Mar. 1960), 
92220 was used over the Western Region and over the Somerset and Dorset Joint Railway line. On 16 July 1962 and 18 July 1962 the locomotive was photographed at Gloucester Barnwood shed yard, and on 8 September 1962 it hauled the last Pines Express over S&DJR metals. It was recorded hauling passenger express trains at over 90 mph (140 km/h). 92220 was withdrawn in 1965, after a working life of only five years but was subsequently preserved as part of the National Collection.
After a brief period displayed at the "Locomotion" museum at Shildon, County Durham, the engine returned to its birthplace, Swindon Works, on 3 September 2008. Evening Star remained on display for two years at the Swindon 'Steam' Railway Museum to celebrate its 50th anniversary. It returned to York in 2010, whilst the GWR locomotive No. 4003 Lode Star took its place at Swindon.
A British Rail Class 90 electric locomotive, operated by National Express East Anglia, was given the name 'The Evening Star' in a ceremony at Ipswich railway station on 23 July 2010. The name commemorates the 125th anniversary of the publication of the Ipswich-based Evening Star newspaper.
- List of preserved BR Standard Class 9F locomotives
- Indian locomotive class WG : the last steam locomotive in India had a similar name, Antim Sitara "The Last Star"
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