Union of South Africa steam locomotive 60009 unveiled at Bury Transport Museum

Today RailAdvent were invited to the Bury Transport Musuem to see Ex-LNER A4 No. 60009 Union of South Africa unveiled in their new home.

Since its withdrawal from mainline and later heritage rail service, the future of the A4 has been uncertain, but a new agreement between the BTM/ELR and locomotive owner John Cameron will see the A4 parked at the Bury Transport Museum. for 2022 with its new exhibition.

You might think it’s odd that an East Coast Thoroughbred is on the West side of the country? Did you know that Sir Nigel Gresley, designer of 60009 Union of South Africa, actually started his railway career with the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and worked in both Blackpool and Horwich sheds?

60009 Union of South Africa at the Bury Transport Musuem // Credit: RailAdvent

Open from tomorrow (June 1), visitors to the museum will be able to get up close to the Class A4 locomotive, inspect its huge driving wheels or take a photo in front of the locomotive.

In addition, visitors can visit the locomotive’s footrest and sit on the driver’s seat,

RailAdvent can also reveal that while the loan of the locomotive is for 2022, discussions are already underway to extend this loan beyond 2022.

On the sole of 60009 Union of South Africa // Credit: RailAdvent
On the sole of 60009 Union of South Africa // Credit: RailAdvent

Although sad to see the locomotive parked in a museum, it is good news that the locomotive is still visible and is also under cover, which means that the condition of the locomotive will not deteriorate.

The Bury Transport Museum is open from 10am to 4pm whenever the East Lancashire Railway operates, you can find out more on the East Lancashire Railway website.

60009 Union of South Africa at the Bury Transport Musuem // Credit: RailAdvent
60009 Union of South Africa at the Bury Transport Musuem // Credit: RailAdvent

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