BR Standard Class 9F 92020-9
The Franco-Crosti boiler took the form of a single cylindrical water drum running along the underside of the main boiler barrel; the standard chimney at the front was only used during lighting-up, in normal working the gases went through firetubes inside the preheater drum that led to a second smokebox situated beneath the boiler from which there emerged a chimney on the right-hand side (fireman's), just forward of the firebox.
In the event, the experiment did not deliver the hoped-for benefits, and efficiency was not increased sufficiently to justify the cost and complexity. Moreover, conditions were unpleasant on the footplate in a cross-wind, this in spite the later provision of a small deflector plate forward of the chimney. These problems led to the subsequent sealing off of the preheater drum, over the period 1959-1961, and the locomotives were then worked conventionally. As a result of this, there was a reduced ability to generate steam, and so their power classification was reduced from 9F to 8F.
All were fitted with the BR1B-type 4,275 imperial gallons (19,430 l) tender.
|No.||Built||Converted to conventional||Withdrawn|
|92020||March 1955||1961||November 1967|
|92021||March 1955||1960||November 1967|
|92022||March 1955||1962||November 1967|
|92023||March 1955||1961||November 1967|
|92024||June 1955||1960||November 1967|
|92025||June 1955||1960||November 1967|
|92026||June 1955||1959||November 1967|
|92027||July 1955||1960||August 1967|
|92028||July 1955||1959||October 1966|
|92029||July 1955||1960||November 1967|
No. 92028 was the first Franco-Crosti 9F to be withdrawn in October 1966, with 92027 following in August 1967, but the remainder were withdrawn en masse in November 1967, all were scrapped, and none had survived into preservation.
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