Our Model of the Week is the beautiful LSWR T9 class 120. Possibly one of the best looking models available in 00 scale, the locomotive also has an interesting history that we will look at today.Dugald Drummond’s T9 class is largely regarded as his best. First introduced in 1899, this express passenger class lasted well into British Railways days. Their speedy rate of acceleration soon earned the nickname “greyhounds”.
120 was one of the first batch of T9’s built at Nine Elms in 1899 and as such had a narrow cab and did not feature the cross water tubes in their fireboxes of later examples. The class were given two types of tender, with 120 having the standard 8 wheel tender. A total of 66 T9’s were built, some at Nine Elms and others at Dübs and Company of Glasgow.
When the LSWR was absorbed into the Southern Railway, 120 kept it’s number but lost it’s sage green livery and was repainted in lined olive southern green. The Southern Railway continued Robert Urie’s modification programme to superheat the type’s boilers and 120 was so modified in 1927. Painted in black in the second world war, 120 was absorbed into the newly nationalised British Railways in 1948, gaining lined black livery and a new number – 30120.
Happily, due to the success of the class, this locomotive was the one earmarked to be saved for the National Collection. Upon withdrawal from Exmouth Shed in 1962, 30120 was repaired at Eastleigh and re-painted in LSWR sage green, as demonstrated by this model. It worked a series of special services and withdrawn in October 1963.
This locomotive has seen much service in working order since then, though not until 1983 when it returned to steam at the Watercress Railway. In 1991 it then moved to the Swanage Railway for two years when it’s boiler certificate expired. It then moved to Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway and was stored under cover there until 2008 when it moved to the Bodmin and Wenford Railway; where it was overhauled and put back into service in 2010.
Earlier in the year this locomotive visited the Watercress Line for the Spring Steam Gala. Pictures of it in action can be seen here. To read more about the Locoyard Model Fleet, go to the fleet web page by clicking here. Thanks for reading folks 🙂