Another steam train passes through St Albans City station.

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

For the second week in succession, St Albans City station witnessed the passage of a steam locomotive, which arrived at Platform 2 on Saturday morning.

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

Following in the tracks of the 60103 Flying Scotsman, this week it was the turn of LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa and on this occasion it stopped to collect passengers at 8.04am.

The train was the 6.31am London Victoria to York, operated by The Railway Touring Company and named “The Yorkshireman”.

Once again the engine was snapped by train enthusiast Jim Whittamore, who said: “Although the weather conditions were cloudy the A4 looked in fine fettle.”

The 60009 Union of South Africa is an LNER Class A4 steam locomotive built in Doncaster in 1937. It is one of six surviving Gresley A4s, currently operational and mainline certified. It was briefly renamed Osprey during part of the 1980s and 1990s due to political opposition against apartheid South Africa at the time.

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant


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The next steam excursion scheduled to visit and stop in the city should be on Saturday November 4.

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa

LNER A4 Class, engine 60009, Union of South Africa - Credit: Archant

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