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92009 1965-07 Birkett Tunnel

92009 1965-07 Birkett Tunnel

BR Standard 9F 2-10-0 No 92009 aproaches Birkett tunnel with a Long Meg to Widnes anhydrite train in July 1965 as Bill Anderson's eldest son Graeme waves to the train.

Peter Kerslake says "A superb high vantage portrait of 92009 from 1965, with her exhaust lifting clear, her injector on and not a vestige of any steam leaks with the son of this renowned cameraman adding to the interest as well!
Built at Crewe in early 1954 this engine was the tenth and last of that initial series destined for the Western Region but in the event, and in company with her sister 92008, she found herself at the Midland Region's Wellingborough depot instead, working between Toton and Brent on coal traffic.
That was probably just as well , as the eight "9F's" which did go as planned to the Western Region, namely 92000 to 92007 inclusive were not liked by the footplate men at their Ebbw Vale depot, and with reports of regulator and brake problems their intended use on the local iron ore freight workings were curtailed and they were taken out of service before being moved to fresh pastures."

W.J. Verden Anderson/Rail Archive Stephenson