9F 2-10-0 BLACK PRINCE

92203 was one of 251 class 2-10-0s built to the design of R.A.Riddles as the standard "heavy freight" locomotive for British Railways. Bringing together all the advantages of modern design, the 9F's proved to be one of the most successful of the standard engines and quite capable of running very heavy freight trains at moderate speeds and express passenger trains at speeds in excess of 80 mph.92203 was built at Swindon Works in January 1959 and was working the heavy iron ore trains out of Liverpool docks to Shotton Steel Works when it was taken out of service after hauling the last steam hauled ore train in November 1967 and purchased by David Sheperd. In April 1968 she steamed from Crewe to Longmoor Camp in Hampshire where she was named "BLACK PRINCE". In May 1970 she moved to Liss to form part of the Longmoor Steam Railway and took part in a BBC TV documentary "THE MAN WHO LOVES GIANTS" telling the DAVID SHEPERD story. She also appeared in the film of Sir Winston Churchill's early life "YOUNG WINSTON " In 1971 she moved to Eastleigh Diesel Depot until on 17th November 1973 she steamed from Eastleigh to Westbury and then on the 18th to a new home at Cranmore. While she was at Eastleigh she ran a tour on the main line. On May 19th 1973 she hauled the "Royal Giant's" tour from Oxford to Hereford and on to Worcester. Then came the highlight of 1975 on 20th April she ran from Westbury to Eastleigh and return. Withdrawn from service 5th November 1978 and had a boiler overhaul at Husbands Shipyard, Marchwood near Southampton and was returned in first class condition in September 1979. Hauled the heaviest freight train in Britain in September 1982 of 2198 tonnes at Foster Yeoman's Tor Works. In 1985 it visited the Westbury open day.
After overhaul it has visited the East Lancs Railway, the Mid Hants Railway, The Great Central Railway, the Llangollen Railway and in 1998 it revisited the Foster Yeoman's Tor Works with 92212 from the Great Central Railway.
In November 1998 it will visit the NEC at Birmingham and the go on extended loan to the Gloucester & Warwickshire Railway at Toddington for the next four years. This is to earn money for the next overhaul, which will cost in excess of £60,000.

This loco is now undergoing its ten year overhaul away from the GWR.

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