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Locomotive Union of South Africa streaks over the Avochie Railway bridge on its way from Kinnoir

Photo courtesy of Maureen Cowper

History was made in May, 2014 when, for the first time, a LNER class A4 Steam Locomotive was on the line north of Inverurie.

A large crowd turned out at Huntly station to see the Union of South Africa steam locomotive as it stopped to take on water. (This had to be done from a nearby fire hydrant as the overhead water tank at Huntly Station had been demolished  a long time ago!) The water capacity of the A4 Class is 5000 gallons!

The Union of South Africa was built in Doncaster in 1937 and was based in Edinburgh at the Haymarket sheds from where it plied its route to London Kings Cross and North to Aberdeen..

It was decommissioned in 1964 but was bought by John Cameron in 1966 and restored by the Lochty Private Railway near Anstruther in Fife. Subsequently, it was transferred to the national rail network and, following and overhaul in 1989, earns it keep providing bookable railtours all over the UK. (For more details on the locomotive click here)

To the delight of the crowd, the Locomotive spent almost an hour and a half at Huntly and passed through on its return journey the next day but stopping only briefly.

At Huntly Station

Image courtesy flikrview

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