Archive for July 18, 2013

Built in 197, this A4 pacific locomotive was originally due to be called Osprey, in keeping with the bird themed names of other A4s. However it was renamed Union of South Africa before entering service on the East Coast mainline. It was renamed as Osprey in the 1980s and 1990s due to the political situation between the UK and South Africa, but has since reverted to its original working name. In October 1964 4488 hauled the last steam train from Kings Cross to Edinburgh and it was withdrawn from service in June 1966 and passed into private hands. It has spent most of its time being based in Scotland or at the Severn valley Railway in the English Midlands and extensively used for railtours.




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