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60009 Union Of South Africa on the Mainline - Part 1

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Published on Mar 5, 2009

A4 pacific no.60009 'Union of South Africa' seen hauling mainline excursions in the 1990's. One of my favourite locos which has provided some memorable moments both as a passenger and at the lineside. I particularly remember a record run from Settle Junction to Garsdale when going through Blea Moor tunnel was like going through a meteor storm as sparks flew past the windows.
Excited owner John Cameron leapt from the footplate at Garsdale crying we've got the record ! we've got the record! to be met with a stony stare from the SLOA stewards who realised we had set fire to half of North Yorkshire! Great days. Amongst others this video includes scenes on the Settle & Carlisle and Welsh Marches routes. In the first few scenes she is carrying the name 'Osprey' so as not to offend the anti apartheid movement

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