60009 union of south africa on the serven valley
60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive.
Built for the LNER in 1937 and originally numbered 4488, it was named after the then newly-formed Union of South Africa although it had previously been allocated the name "Osprey", when it came out of the paint shop after 8 weeks, it had been renamed. "Osprey" name plates were fitted to the locomotive during the 1980s and early 1990s due to the politics of the time. She has since been renamed back to Union of South Africa.
On 24th October 1964 it hauled the last booked steam hauled train from Kings Cross. It was twenty minutes late through Grantham owing to broken rail at High Dyke. It was the last loco to be overhauled at Doncaster whilst in service.
Now owned by John Cameron it travels all over the country visiting many preserved railways and hauling mainline steam specials such as the Torbay Express. It has accumulated the highest mileage of any locomotive in the class. As of January 2007, It has left the Severn Valley Railway, where it was based for many years and then went to Crewe for fitment of OMTR. It is still at Crewe to this day.
It also plays host, with sister 60007/4498 Sir Nigel Gresley, to the annual LNER Gala at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. This usually takes place in either April or May.
Picture added on 29 June 2007