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Issue Date: 30/04/2019
Issue Name: Union of South Africa 60009 Withdrawal from Mainline Operations
Producer: Buckingham Covers
April 2019 will see the 60009 Union of South Africa retire from service. Built in June 1937 by the London and North Eastern Railway in Doncaster, this locomotive is one of only six surviving Gresley A4s.
We have worked with the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Our cover features a 1st class definitive stamp and a Union of South Africa, Pickering postmark, and wil be carried on board one of its final journeys on the NYMR in April 2019.
Union of South Africa 60009
Originally numbered as 4488 and named for the then newly formed Union of South Africa, the number was changed to 9 on 12th January 1946 but then was changed again only three years later to 60009. The Union of South Africa also went through a name change to Osprey on 17 April 1937 but reverted back to the original name when Union of South Africa undertook the journey for the Coronation steamlined train.
The 60009 Union of South Africa has had many liveries throughout the years. The first was a Garter Blue in 1937. This was then changed to wartime black on 21 March 1942, the ‘L’ and ‘R’ were removed on the LNER livery to confuse potential spies. The Garter Blue colour returned on 12 January 1946. On 4 August 1949 the Union of South Africa was applied with the standard British Railways Express Passenger Blue before finally being painted in the Brunswick Green livery of the British Railway, the colour which has been kept throughout the period of preservation.
2015 heralded a Royal journey as 60009 hauled the train carrying H.M Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as well as Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon to officially re-open the Borders Railway between Edinburgh Waverley and Tweedbank.
The boiler certificate for the 60009 Union of South Africa expires at the end of April 2019 and the locomotive will be retired and will take it’s place along with 61994 The Great Marquess in the Farming and Railway Visiting Centre in Fife.
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