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UoSA 60009 | by Gerry Hat Trick
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UoSA 60009

Some of the Loco's In Shed at the ELR.

I was fortunate enough to be asked if I would like an accompanied tour of the ELR sheds and sidings, take some photos that could be used in the Societies Magazine, of course I jumped at the chance! Thank You David Flood! (magazine editor)

I reached places I never thought I would see, the best 4 1/2 hours I have spent anywhere for a long time!

The images can now be shown on Flickr, as they have appeared in the magazine.


Union of South Africa was allocated to Haymarket shed in Edinburgh from new and 20 May 1962 she had her only shed transfer to Aberdeen.


On 24 October 1964 it hauled the last booked steam hauled train from Kings Cross. It was twenty minutes late through Grantham owing to a broken rail at High Dyke. It was the last loco to be overhauled at Doncaster whilst in service. 60009 was withdrawn from British railways service on 1 June 1966.


60009 has visited numerous main line connected preserved railways. It has since accumulated the highest mileage of any locomotive in the class. In May 1994, the locomotive left its Markinch base for the last time albeit on the back of a low loader bound for Bridgnorth and repairs. Its route took it over the Forth Road Bridge and in doing so became the ONLY steam loco to cross both the Forth Bridge and the adjacent Forth Road Bridge.

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Taken on March 14, 2017