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Hornby SR 4-4-0 Class T9 'Greyhound' R3108
Designer: Dugald Drummond
Entered Service: 1899
Detail: Individual Cab Components
Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound. Loco Drive
Purpose: Fast Light Passenger
Wheel Configuration: 4-4-0
Special Features: NEM Couplings
Dugald Drummond designed the successful T9 Class 4-4-0 locomotive for express passenger work on the London and South Western Railway (LSWR), using the experience he gained from the less than perfect C8 Class and by incorporating large fireboxes and Stephenson link valve gear.
The first 50 of the Class were confidently ordered straight from the drawing board and constructed between 1899 and 1900. 20 were built at the LSWR's own workshop at Nine Elms in London and 30 were built by Dübs & Company in Glasgow, all supplied with six-wheel tenders.
In all a total of 66 Class T9s were built, a further 15 were outshopped from the Nine Elms Workshop between 1900 and 1901. These locomotives incorporated some modifications which included a wider cab, revised wheel splashers and the fitting of cross-water tubes inside the firebox, along with the connection of the Drummond 'watercart' eight-wheel tender for longer running. The previous batches were later retrofitted with the same modifications.
The 66th and final T9 was built by Dübs & Co, in 1901 for the Glasgow Exhibition of that year.
Built specifically for the highly competitive express train services from Plymouth to London, they quickly came into their own, popular with their crews, their high turn of speed soon earned them the nickname of the 'Greyhounds'. The comparatively short frames and light axle weight suited the tighter curves of lines on the west country routes.
Robert Urie, successor to Dugald Drummond, continued to make further modifications and improvements until 1929.
After initial service with the London & South Western Railway, they passed to the Southern Railway when the railways were regrouped in 1923. In 1948 they passed to the newly formed British Railways and many remained in service until 1963.
In 1949, 13 of the T9s were converted to 'oil burning' but the experiment was not a success and all 13 were withdrawn from service.
The only survivor of the Class, No. 30120, was returned to steam in 2008 wearing early British Railways livery and is now serving on the Bodmin and Wenford Railway.
The locomotive represented here, No. 708, was one of the batch of 30 built by Dübs in 1899.