- Prototype Summary
- Model History
- Models Produced
- Design and Features
- My Collection
- For Sale
Introduced in 1899 to serve the LSWR including express services from Waterloo to Plymouth, the Drummond Class T9 was arguably Dugald Drummonds most successful design, the ‘Top Link’ express passenger locomotives were unofficially nicknamed “Greyhounds’ because of their excellent acceleration.
With typical late victorian elegance, inside cylinders and a 4-4-0 wheel arrangement hinting at Drummond’s previous designs for the Caledonian Railway, 50 were ordered for the LSWR off the drawing board before testing had even begun! Construction of the first batch was carried out during 1899 – 1900 at Nine Elms and by Dubs and Co in Glasgow. An additional Dubs Loco was produced for the 1901 Glasgow Exhibition, and a further 15 at 9 Elms bringing the class total to 66 by the end of 1901.
The locomotives were free running with a good steaming boiler, a large firegrate and Stephenson link motion. The Light Axle load and short wheel base made them particularly successful on the twisty lines to the west of Salisbury, although they were to see service across the Southern region during service, and a few enjoyed the delights of the SDJR during WWII
The later batch had a wider cab and revised wheel splasher. Additional modifications by Urie following Drummonds death in 1912 included a Stove pipe chimney, super heaters, enlarged smokebox and increased cylinder bore. These were complete across the class by 1929 and overall modifications were minimal throughout the service life of the loco.
Two tenders were employed. The early batch having a 6 wheeled tender carrying 4 tons of coal and 3500 gallons of water. This was only just sufficient for a Waterloo to Bournemouth journey so the final 15 locos were supplied with an 8 wheeled 5 ton, 4000 gallon tender known as a watercart as it leaked water, spraying the track in similar fashion to the road watercarts.
Earlier loco’s were retrofitted with the watercarts. However when a number were allocated to the central and east of the region (10 in 1925 and a further 6 in 1928) the larger tenders were replaced with 6 wheeled tenders to enable the loco’s to use the smaller turntables. On returning to the Western sections later in their careers, they generally kept the 6 wheeled tenders.
13 were converted to oil firing as part of an experiment in 1947, and although the intention was to convert them back to coal after the experiment was complete in 1948, they were scrapped in April and May 1951. 20 were on BR’s books as late as 1959 – mainly employed on lighter duties in the West Country where their acceleration and light loads remained popular – a top speed of close to 80mph reported by the Railway Roundabout TV serious that featured them in one episode. but the class had been withdrawn and scrapped by 1963.
Loco 119 was used as the Royal Loco in its Malachite green livery and Loco 120 was preserved, initially being repainted in a LSWR green livery in the 1960’s for use on steam specials.
Introduced in Hornby’s 2008 catalogue, the first super detailed model arrived at the end of the year, with the final 2008 model arriving in the 1st quarter of 2009. A list of produced models will feature below.
The model has been produced as an NRM exclusive, Hornby Collector Club Exclusive, within Sets and as a catalogue release model
Models Produced to Date:
|Photo||Cat No. (X=DCC Fitted)||Notes|
No. 120 - SR Olive Green
Narrow Cab - Watercart
Currently in steam at Bodmin
No.729 - SR Olive Green
|6 Wheel Tender (after 8 / 1928)|
No.30724 - Lined Black - Early Crest
|Watercart - No Crest on tender - Sheds = Salisbury, Nine Elms or Basingstoke|
No.30310 - Lined Black - Early Crest
|Watercart - Early Crest,|
No.312 - SR Olive Green
2009, 2010, 2011
|Suburban 1938 Train Pack - 6 Wheeled Tender - Shed = Stewarts Lane|
No.314 - SR Black
|Watercart - Wide Cab, Shed = Stewarts Lane|
No.30285 - Lined Black - Early Crest
|Watercart - Shed = Dorchester, Eastleigh|
No.30726 - Lined Black - Early Crest - Weathered
|6 Wheel Tender after 8/1926 - Shed = Fratton, Exmouth Junction|
No.119 - Malachite Green
Era 4 - (early)
|Hornby Exclusive (1200) - British Railways - Watercart - Shed = Nine Elms|
No.120 - Urie Green
|Hornby Exclusive (1500)
Narrow Cab - Watercart
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No.338 - SR Olive Green
|Imperial Airways Set (1500)
Wide Cab - Watercart
Shed = Fratton
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No.30313 - BR Lined Black
|6 Wheeled Tender|
No.708 - SR Black
|Narrow Cab - Watercart|
No.116 - SR Olive Green
Model Design and Features:
4-4-0 Locomotives are tricky to balance and provide enough weight through the driving wheels in real life. To some degree these issues are magnified within a model as the mass is much smaller.
To increase weight Hornby used metal to produce the slim boiler, into which they fitted a responsive and powerful 5 pole skew wound loco mounted motor and geared to a realistic ration
To increase haulage a traction tyre is fitted and some reviews report incredible haulage, while others are a bit more critical. However an early production error lead to the bogie lifting the front of the loco and reducing haulage dramatically.
There is the correct gap under the boiler with a lovely representation of the inside cylinders which are picked out correctly in red. The Cab is also highly detailed
The model is DCC ready and the housing for the chip is in the tender. Connection to the loco is via a wire and the drawbar can be length adjusted – although both look a little fragile. The tender wheels also have electrical pick ups.
The two different kinds of tenders are produced in order to replicate liveries and allocations and the wide cab and splasher differences are also replicated on the models, along with chimney variations.
NEM couplings are fitted, and if the front one is removed, there are lots of detail pieces that can be added to the front buffer beam. In fact the loco is covered in lots of very fine detail and great care is needed to handled it without dislodging items, something to be cautious of if purchasing a used model
With the 6 wheel tender, on the early batches the tender axle frames were fitted back to front meaning the guard irons were at the front not the back. This was rectified on later batches (December 2009) and Hornby issued a fix solution and on request provided additional parts – however taking the tender apart and swapping the frames is possible although care is needed.
A list of known reviews will be here.
Links to Galleries and information about models in my collection will be here.
Links to further resources about the T9 will go here
Buying and Selling:
Most of the models are fairly frequently on ebay, although the special 30119 being a little less common.
Prices tend to range from about £70 to £150 for the LSWR green Collector Club model. Watch out for damaged detail – often the seller might not realise a piece is missing – and also the noted errors in the initial models.
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