55 years ago today on Friday 18 March 1960 the last steam locomotive built by and for British Railways left Swindon Works. It was a BR Standard 9F freight loco number 92220 which is happily still with us. After a competition to find a suitable name for the loco it was named "Evening Star" at an open-air ceremony outside the works where it was built. The story made the national newspapers and national television. Lots more about it can be found on Wikipedia. After a very short working life the loco was withdrawn in March 1965 and set aside as part of the National Collection. March 2015 therefore marks 50 years in preservation for Evening Star. The 9Fs were a very successful design. One curious fact about the class is that of the 251 built not a single one had a speedometer fitted. Many thanks for that Mike.
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