On its way to the party by fishers

On its way to the party

Thursday afternoon found me at York railway station to see this lovely locomotive pass through on it's way to the North York Moors Railway for their steam gala at the weekend.

60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built at Doncaster Works in 1937. It is one of six surviving A4s, and is currently operational and certified to operate on the main line, although it's boiler certificate will soon expire and it's owner then plans to put it on static display rather than overhaul it for further use. However, when you see it in motion like this, it does seem a shame it's working days may end.

Ian
Wonderful capture!!
September 29th, 2019  
I completely agree. What a huge shame that she will not be more than a static locomotive. Fabulous shot - love all the steam. Fav
September 29th, 2019  
Great nostalgic capture. Fav!! 😀
September 29th, 2019  
I've also got pics of this locomotive back in August 2018 at Weymouth station. Yes it a fine example of steam power and reminds me of when I was a lad train spotting on a weekend. FAV
September 29th, 2019  
Wow, fabulous shot of this train. Shame it's going out of commission.
September 29th, 2019  
Joy
Great shot, Fav
September 29th, 2019  
It looks as good as it was in its glory days... thanks for sharing.
September 29th, 2019  
amazing action, all that smoke. Pity it no longer runs in South Africa
fav
September 29th, 2019  
Love trains, nice capture.
September 29th, 2019  
Love the steam.
September 29th, 2019  
Wow...Great capture of the steam and such a neat looking locomotive
September 29th, 2019  
Just wonderful. Wish I had been there.
September 29th, 2019  
It is a wonderful machine nicely photographed by you the smoke look great fav:)
September 29th, 2019  
Impressing locomotive. Great shot. Fav.
September 29th, 2019  
Great capture
September 30th, 2019  
Wow, fabulous, just love all that steam. fav.
September 30th, 2019  
'The Flying Scotsman' is a mythical name and I don't know if it refers to this particular engine. Whatever, it is a gorgeous train and it would be a pity if it were overhauled to such an extent that it is completely changed. In that case I would prefer to see it in a museum than working on the rails.
September 30th, 2019  
Interesting train. Hard to believe it was built so long ago. I like that you've filled us in a bit on it's history.
September 30th, 2019  
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Well, I'm bowled over to get so many comments and favs - thank you all!

This locomotive is preserved much as it was when working between London and Edinburgh in the 1950s & 1960s, and it brings back great childhood memories of watching steam locomotives as they passed through Doncaster railway station.

Ian
September 30th, 2019  
I like all that steam!
October 3rd, 2019  
@kjarn Thank you Kathy, I love having the chance to get photographs of these amazing machines! I hope you've had a good holiday.

Ian
October 3rd, 2019  
Interesting photo! Hard to believe that this train is so old.
October 7th, 2019  
@vesna0210 Thank you Vesna - it's wonderful to see these old machines at work!

Ian
October 10th, 2019  
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