Reserve your space to ride behind steam locomotive 60009 Union of South Africa now!

60009 union of south africa at Townsend Fold on the east lancashire railway
60009 at Townsend Fold // Credit: RailAdvent

The Bluebell Railway has announced that two carriages on the trains hauled by will be reserved for pre-purchased ticket holders only.

60009 Union of South Africa will be visiting the Bluebell Railway for their Giants of Steam Gala on the 12th, 13th and 14th October 2018.

This means you can guarantee your seat behind the A4 Pacific for just £1 extra.

This is your chance to ride behind the locomotive before it retires to a museum. The other carriages on its train will be unreserved as normal.

You can book your tickets here.

About 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. This will be the last time the locomotive visits the Bluebell Railway before she retires from service in 2019 and is placed in a museum alongside 61994 ‘The Great Marquess’ in Fife, Scotland.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.