The 9F Locos

9fThe Two 9F Locos produced by Minitrix are superb model work horses which will work well on any N Gauge layout.

With the 2-10-0 configuration, the 5 main axles are all driven, with the 4 wheels on the rear 2 axles all having traction tyres.  The design includes brass sleeve bearings on each axle which permit the amount of lateral movement for all 5 axles to negotiate the very tight 7.66″ first radius curve which minitrix use.  The modern 9″ radius 1 curve and Settrack points produced by Peco present no problems, and these engines will happily haul long, weighted rakes of wagons up 2%+ inclines with relative ease.

The design is a compromise however, and the purists do not like it.  The body is identical to the Britannia body, except that the embossed pipe work near the rear axle has been put under the scalpel to make room for the rear drive wheels.  But you have to look closely to spot it.  The valve gear protrudes at the sides and the biggest sin of all according to some people is that the cylinders are set horizontally in the model.  For me, I couldn’t care less – on a layout they look the part and with their low gearing will run all day at slow speeds with long trains.

l love them.  10 driving wheels, 4 with traction tyres.  The 9F comes in the 2 varieties shown in the photo – the Evening Star 92220 and the Black un-named 9F 92018. For me, the only bug-bear is the degree to which the valve gear protrudes at the side.  Forget about this, and the first station platform will separate the metalwork from the fragile plastic sliders and crank pins.  They are not repairable, but the good news is that  even with parts missing, they look very impressive.

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