9F 2-10-0 92220 'EVENING STAR'
BR LINED GREEN WITH BR1G TENDER
In a previous review of the Bachmann 9F I remarked that although I had 2 examples of the loco I had missed out on the NRM edition 'Evening Star'. Well thankfully Bachmann have decided to release another version of 'Evening Star' which, other than not being associated with the NRM this time, appears to be identical to the initial release.
The latest Evening Star is contained within the new style Bachmann packaging which allows careful removal of the model without the danger of damaging any of the detail. The loco and tender are connected via a metal bar, similar to other Bachmann locos, with 2 possible coupling positions to adjust the gap bewteen loco & tender depending on the curvature of your track. The above photo shows the loco and tender at their closest coupled position which may still be a bit too far apart for some. A narrower gap along with some cab doors and the necessary crew would make the world of difference to the profile view.
The front of the loco is complete with a factory fitted tension lock coupling which could be removed if not required but unfortunately it doesn't come complete with etched nameplates as many current loco's do so that's an additional £7 or so that will be needed if etched plates are desired.
One thing I did find disappointing was the modelled coal load in the tender but at least it is easily removed and to be honest, the tender could do with a bit of added weight so some real coal is certainly on order.
I've not yet had the opportunity to get Evening Star onto my track but it has spent a couple of hours on my rolling road under standard DC control and it appears to run very smoothly with just a small but somewhat annoying rattle which I have yet to pinpoint.
I'm not a rivet counter but with a quick comparison to some of the many photographs available of 92220 it would appear that my model Evening Star
bears a very strong resemblance to the actual prototype and I have to admit to being very pleased indeed. For me, it's been worth the wait.