The group looking after the Facebook page for 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ have announced that, due to firebox issues, No. 60009 will not be taking part in any railtours in the near future.
This comes as a blow for many, as the locomotive was due to hauling stages of the ‘Great Britain XI‘ railtour over the coming week.
For those who don’t know, No. 60009 is due to be withdrawn in 2019 and placed in a museum at the owner’s house in Fife along with K4 No. 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’.
At this moment in time, we don’t know any information as to the extent of the repairs required, or whether these will be carried out.
Here is the announcement made:
A brief history of 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’
60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive. It was built in 1937 at Doncaster Works. The ‘A4’ was a common sight on the East Coast Mainline between London and Scotland. 60009 is one of six surviving A4s.
- Visit the 60009 Union of South Africa Facebook page
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