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60009 Union of South Africa

I present you with the one of the cream of Sir Nigel Gresley's locomotive designs, the A4 Pacific, Union of South Africa.

It is pictured here waiting to depart on the return journey of a special excursion to and from York on 25th.March, 2006.  We were pleased to be passengers on the train and it brought back great memories of when my friend and I stood on Hitchin station on summer Saturday's in the 50's and watched these wonderful machines fly through with expresses to and from Kings Cross.

You will see another of these masterpieces if you look in on Wednesday.

 

60009 Union of South Africa

I present you with the one of the cream of Sir Nigel Gresley's locomotive designs, the A4 Pacific, Union of South Africa.

It is pictured here waiting to depart on the return journey of a special excursion to and from York on 25th.March, 2006.  We were pleased to be passengers on the train and it brought back great memories of when my friend and I stood on Hitchin station on summer Saturday's in the 50's and watched these wonderful machines fly through with expresses to and from Kings Cross.

You will see another of these masterpieces if you look in on Wednesday.

 

comments (7)

One of the finest steam locomotives ever built!
Brian Walbey: I whole heartedly agree Bill, I saw them all in my days train spotting at Hitchin on the east Coast Main Line.
  • Tracy
  • outer space!!! (UK)
  • 15 Dec 2008, 16:50
Lovely looking Engine Briansmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, I am going to show another one of these lovely machines on Wednesday.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 15 Dec 2008, 17:39
Designed for speed, that's for sure. Very futuristic for their time, I believe. Being a Southern man, he had to make do with the Bulleid spam cans and their like.
Brian Walbey: Now I rearely ever saw the "spam cans" Alan, but I did see all of these A4's I think.
Creamy dreamy and streamy . I saw many of these coming to Cambridge from Kings Cross ... We used to call these an 'X' as in ex.

I still can't log/sign into my blog. richard
Brian Walbey: We train spotters whio gathered at Hitchin in our youth called these Streaks Richard. Thanks for your comment.
Eeeeeh lad - you have made an old man happy! Actually we had an A4 come though Bath a week or so ago on a shopping excursion: I think it was 'Bittern.'
Brian Walbey: Thanks for your comment Chris. Bittern is the latest A4 to be refurbished and is running a lot of excursion trains all over the country.
Really a great shot! The B/W and toning is excellent.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Paul, I also cloned out some people on the opposite platform as well.
I understand this is the same family as the Mallard? Nice loco and an excellent image
Brian Walbey: Yes it is the same class Ayush. They were classified A4 and when I was a young train spotter in the 1950's I saw all the members of this class still in use at the time.

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