Union of South Africa: Stories from the Support Crew (Amberley)

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The A4 Pacific locomotive No. 60009 Union of South Africa has been at the forefront of main line steam operation in the heritage era, for over 50 years. The locomotives was purchased from British Rail in 1966 and on the period since has provided the power for countless excursions and special trains, travelling the length and breadth of the country.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the locomotive was based at Markinch in Fife, from where its main line career resumed with a series of day trips to Aberdeen. Over time, the locomotive’s sphere of operation began to increase and `Number 9’ subsequently relocated south of the border.

Union of South Africa: Stories from the Support Crew is a collection of stories from the men and women who have kept the locomotive operating for the past 50 years. With memories and anecdotes stretching back to 1966, the stories are sometimes funny and sometimes serious; all offer a fascinating insight into what it takes to keep a magnificent machine on the rails.

The first-hand accounts are supported by a range of previously unpublished images, creating a wonderful tribute to a terrific locomotive. Also includes a foreword by Dr John Cameron CBE, who bought Union of South Africa from British Rail in 1966. 96 pages.

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