LSWR/SR T9 4-4-0 – 1/32 scale

LSWR T9 (rebuilt) 3_4 front view
LSWR T9 (rebuilt) 3_4 front view
LSWR T9 (rebuilt) - mid section
LSWR T9 (rebuilt) – mid section
LSWR T9 tender
LSWR T9 tender

Prototype description

Drummond’s T9 was basically a reworking of his M7 tank – the same boiler (raised) with an extended firebox (12” longer), the same cylinders, slightly modified bogie, larger driving wheels and an added tender. Many of the fittings are identical.

66 locos were built between June 1899 and December 1901. All were still running when BR was created but a large number were retired in 1951 to 1952. About half made it until 1958 but all were retired by the end of 1961. Number 120 was preserved and is currently (2024) undergoing a major overhaul at the Swanage Railway.

The model will be available in both original form and the later superheated version with extended smokebox.
It will only be available with the narrow cab – I ran out of room on the etch for the wide cab version.
I am now moving on to vinyl wraps rather than transfers for the models. See comments on this in the 2024 News section. They will be available in Drummond green, SR green and BR black.

The tender supplied will be the Drummond “water cart” bogie 4000 gallon version.

NOTE – This is only available in 1/32 scale.

T9 backhead
T9 backhead

LSWR T9 model – dummy backhead

Note the clear cab – no visible regulator and full backhead detail. Only needs a driver figure & fireman to complete the effect. It would be good to have the driver leaning out of the cab with a rotating head linked to the reverser so that he looks in the direction of travel – no prizes for the first to do it!

Like all of my current models this is entirely made of nickel silver with lost-wax brass castings made from 3D printed masters, copper boiler, copper gas tank and, in this case, plastic centred wheels. The boiler uses 3 flues with a ceramic burner that is remotely adjustable for idling.

The model is radio controlled only – no manual option – it would have involved too many compromises.
See here for more details of the R/C system. It provides controls for the regulator, reverser, idling the burner, over-riding the pump bypass and uncoupling. It also provides feedback on speed, boiler pressure, water level and battery voltage with warnings when pressure goes too high, or voltage or water level too low. The system is fully integrated at no extra cost.


Maskelyne J. M.     Locomotives I have known                                 MAP                   Out of Print
Bradley D. L.         The Drummond Greyhounds of the LSWR          David & Charles    Out of Print
Bradley D. L.         LSWR Locomotives – The Drummond Classes    Wild Swan    Out of Print
Curl B.                   The LSWR at Nine Elms                                    Kestrel
Burtt F.                   LSWR Locomotives                                          Ian Allan              Out of Print
Russell J. H.           A Pictorial Record of Southern Locomotives         OPC                    Out of Print
Herring P.              Handbook of Classic British Steam Locomotives     Island Books         ?
Harris M.               Locos Illustrated 44                                            Ian Allan               Out of Print
                                 Drummond 4-4-0s & Double Singles of LSWR
Derry R.                  The Book of the T9 4-4-0s                                      Irwell Press
NRM                     Works GA drawings

Preserved loco (120) currently under restoration at the Swanage Railway
 NRM page for 120


Click here to download the following from Google Drive –
                LSWR T9 loco instructions pdf
                LSWR T9 loco specifaction
                LSWR T9 loco cab interior screenshot
                LSWR T9 tender instructions pdf

Click here for Southern valvegear instructions pdf

Common loco instructions pdf – see below
Generic loco parts instructions pdf – see below

Radio control instructions pdf – to be added later

Click here to download the punching rivets PDF from Google Drive and other common PDF documents
See the assembly instructions PDFs for assembly photos

Click here to see my detail photos of the preserved LSWR T9 – add later

Click here to see transfers – to be added later