Union of South Africa: main line ticket to be extended?

By Cedric Johns

IT’S generally known that A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa is due to run out of its ticket next year… but will it ?

A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa drops off passengers at Reigate station on the Surrey Hills line while working the return leg of Steam Dreams’ West Brompton to Gloucester trip on a cold and wet Tuesday, November 20.

The A4 is the only example of Gresley’s streamlined 4-6-2s currently working on the main line and its main line certificate expires at the end of April, but its acting chief mechanical engineer and advisor, Ian Riley, has suggested that with some attention, and possibly the fitting of new tubes, ‘No. 9’ could have its working life extended by a year.

Owner John Cameron said: “We have a number of runs planned for 2019 up to April, including one of the legs of the ‘Great Britain XII’ for RTC.

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