Given that the version of 92220 Evening Star reviewed here has undergone a rather comprehensive make-over, it was never an intention to review it properly. However after acquiring a Bachmann 9F (click here for its review) , I thought it too good an opportunity to compare one of the best budget models with one of the most expensive. Hopefully this help those deciding whether to purchase either version. This is a review, illustrated with pictures of Locoyard’s much modified example.
Class: BR Standard 9F class
Use: Heavy Goods
92134 – Crewe (only single chimney type preserved)
92203 – Black Prince – North Norfolk Railway
92207 – Shillingstone
92212 – Watercress Line
92214 – Cock O’ The North – North Yorkshire Moors Railway
92219 – The Stainmore Railway
92220 – Evening Star – National Railway Museum
92240 – Bluebell Railway
92245 – Barry Island Railway
Motor: 5 pole Loco-drive
DCC options: 8 pin dcc ready
Hornby’s Railroad 9F is not a super-detail model. Pipework is mainly moulded and the chimney is not the best. The cab is black, moulded with no other details, the glazing is recessed and the tender lacks relief around the axle boxes. There are no lamp-irons or any finer details. It’s not all doom and gloom though, it has sprung buffers, a cosmetic coupling hook, handrails and the chassis looks ok.
It has space under boiler in between the frames as it should and although the details are moulded, they are done reasonably well. The face and smoke deflectors are not as fine as they could be and front-on it looks a little overly simplified. The flaws are fairly minor and only apparent at close inspection; the model looks like a Standard 9F. Unfortunately only one (BR1G) tender type has been produced so far and only double-chimney versions.
The finish is reasonable for a budget model. There is a large and prominent moulding seam running across the top of the boiler, the copper chimney is poor and the recessed glazing detracts somewhat. The Brunswick green is nicely applied and the lining may be simplified, but it’s reasonably fine.
Smooth, quiet with brilliant electrical pick-ups, the Hornby 9F will not let you down. The chassis is one of the best around with nothing to worry about.
An ace up the sleeve of the Hornby 9F is its power. It isn’t as heavy as Bachmann’s model, but this doesn’t affect it’s haulage abilities which are excellent.
Huge coupling’s, very few separately fitted items so not the best or latest spec. It does have a high quality DCC ready motor, handrails and sprung buffers, so it could be worse.
For a model that will outperform the majority of other ready to run models out there, it is the ultimate bargain. It’s almost half the price as Bachmann’s 9F model and although the Bachmann version will be reviewed, I can safely surmise that the Bachmann model is not twice as good.
Overall Locoyardometer Score: 4.0
Incredibly cheap and an excellent performer, Hornby’s Railroad 9F is worth every penny. It lacks details, but these can be added or hidden by heavy weathering if desired.
Detailometer 3, Outlineometer 4, Finishometer 3, Motorometer 5, Powerometer 5, Specometer 3, Valueometer 5, Locoyardometer 4.0