Single-chimney 9F boiler passes Crewe steam tests

BR STANDARD 9F 2-10-0 No. 92134 – the only surviving single-chimney example – has passed its steam tests.

The tests were undertaken at LNWR Heritage in Crewe on November 23, 51 years since the boiler last held pressure, and the locomotive, which last ran in December 1966 before being sent to Dai Woodham’s scrapyard at Barry, is now on the final leg of its restoration. On November 15 it had passed its hydraulic examination.

The boiler of 9F 2-10-0 No. 92134 passed its steam test on November 23. 92134

Built at Crewe, it entered traffic on May 24, 1957 and was first allocated to Saltley, from where it worked heavy freight to Gloucester, Nuneaton and Derby, and on the Water Orton-Glasgow Class C freight, which it worked as far as Carlisle via Sheffield and Skipton.

However, it spent most of its working life at Wellingborough, to which it was transferred in December 1957.

There, along with other 9Fs it was used on Toton to Brent coal trains, and also headed the weekday service to Rotherwood near Sheffield. No. 92134 also worked general traffic over the Midland Main Line, including long-distance work from Carlisle to St Pancras.

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