The powerful and very successful class 9F 2-10-0s were designed to reduce transit times of heavy coal and mineral trains. They soon put in sterling work on passenger turns too. 251 were built to a 45-year design life between 1954 and 1960 but it seems a shame that many were scrapped within a decade. Ten of the fleet were constructed to the Franco-Crosti design to improve efficiency and reduce coal consumption whilst other members received double chimneys and a Giesl ejector.
All enthusiasts will find this book a delight as the engines were allocated to more than 60 depots and worked nationwide. Full details of each engine’s construction, allocation and use, modification and disposal are included. A chapter on preservation features the nine preserved 9Fs.
Page Size 212 x 272mm, casebound, 317 pages, 231 monochrome and 16 colour illustrations, plus drawings showing detailed dimensions. Published 2008. Reprinted 2018.