Steam locomotive in York this Saturday – where and when to see it

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

Steam locomotive No.60009 Union of South Africa will be back in steam on the mainline and will be in Ealing Broadway and York on Saturday 20th October 2018.

The A4 locomotive is on a special rail tour from Ealing Broadway to York.

The steam locomotive will depart the Ealing Broadway at approximately 06:10 am.

The railtour will then leave the Ealing Broadway, bound for York, where it will steam through Acton Mainline (06:15), Hendon (stop at 07:25) and Radlett (07:37) before stopping at St Albans at 07:44.

After a 4-minute break, the locomotive will depart St Albans for York, where it will pass through Luton Airport Parkway (08:00), Luton (stop at 08:02), Leagrave (08:10), Bedford (08:32) and Wellingborough (09:01) before arriving into Kettering.

From Kettering, the train will pass through Corby (10:04), Oakham (10:28), Melton Mowbray (10:41), Loughborough (11:09), East Midlands Parkway (11:19), Ilkeston (11:37), Alfreton (11:50) and Chesterfield (12:04) before arriving into Barrow Hill North Junction at 12:10.

From Barrow Hill, the A4 will head via Swinton (12:55), Moorthorpe (13:05) and Church Fenton (13:40) before arriving into York at 13:55.

On the return from York, 60009 Union of South Africa will be replaced by a diesel locomotive. Departing York at 17:15, the train will take the same route back to Ealing Broadway. The train will steam through Ilkeston (18:48), Melton Mowbray (19:44), Kettering (20:30), Bedford (21:08), Luton (21:34) and St Albans (21:57) before arriving back into Ealing Broadway at 22:46.

These above timings in brackets are approximate timings, please click the links below, which tracks the train throughout the day to keep you up to date on when it will pass through your local station.


For timings on these movements, please click the links below:

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As always, please respect the dangers of the railway. Please do not trespass on the railway to see this iconic locomotive – stay to public access spots!

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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.