WITH the ongoing overhaul of A4 4-6-2 No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley reported to be on schedule at York and Llangollen (boiler), it is likely that the 4-6-2’s return to the main line will coincide with the planned and permanent withdrawal of sister locomotive No. 60009 Union of South Africa.
Then the national A4 line-up will be reduced to No. 60007 with No. 4464 Bittern coming up on the rails from its Crewe stable.
As reported, work at York and Llangollen is on schedule and it is being supported by a group of youngsters keen to get their hands on a steam locomotive.
Organised by Sir Nigel Gresley co-ordinator, Bryan Orange, the group known as the ‘007 Gang’ will have completed a year’s on-the-job training in May.
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