LNER A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa is approaching the end of its active main line preservation career and attracts attention wherever it goes in a busy programme on both the main line and heritage lines.
After a series of railtours in the south of England, the A4 reached York at the head of a tour from Victoria via Harringworth on September 23.
October 12 saw the engine move on from York to the East Lancashire Railway accompanied as far as Carnforth by Merchant Navy Pacific No. 35018 British India Line.
‘Number Nine’ was the star of the East Lancashire Railway’s autumn steam gala over the weekend of October 14-15, and also worked service trains over the following weekends, plus some midweek photo charter workings.
John Cameron’s streamlined Pacific is booked to return to main line action on November 23 hauling the return leg of an Ealing Broadway to York festive railtour.
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