60009 Union of South Africa - Steam Locomotive Thimble

£7.95
Named after the then newly formed Union of South Africa and built by the LNER in 1937 at Doncaster and numbered 4488 (also once renamed Osprey) ; 60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive. One of six surviving Gresley A4s, operational & mainline certified. Operating from Haymarket shed in Edinburgh from new, on 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, arriving twenty minutes late through Grantham owing to a broken rail. She has returned to the tracks on the newly opened Borders Railway line, transporting the newly appointed longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II to the opening ceremony.

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Named after the then newly formed Union of South Africa and built by the LNER in 1937 at Doncaster and numbered 4488 (also once renamed Osprey) ; 60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive. One of six surviving Gresley A4s, operational & mainline certified. Operating from Haymarket shed in Edinburgh from new, on 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, arriving twenty minutes late through Grantham owing to a broken rail. She has returned to the tracks on the newly opened Borders Railway line, transporting the newly appointed longest reigning monarch, Queen Elizabeth II to the opening ceremony.