60009 Union of South Africa
Power type: Steam
Designer : Nigel Gresley
Builder : LNER
Build date : June 1937
Configuration : 4-6-2
Built for the LNER in 1937 and originally numbered 4488, it was named after the then newly formed Union of South Africa. Although it had previously been allocated the name "Osprey" and when it came out of the paint shop on 29 June, it had been renamed. "Osprey". The name plates were fitted to the locomotive during the 1980s and early 1990s due to the politics of the time. Its name has since reverted to Union of South Africa.
Union of South Africa has worn many liveries throughout her career. The first livery she wore was as 4488 in garter blue, applied on 19 April 1937. The next livery applied was LNER wartime black on 21 March 1942. This livery was amended on 14 August 1943 when the "L" and "R" were removed to confuse potential spies, leaving the all-black locomotive with just "NE" on the tender. 21 February 1947 saw Union of South Africa regain garter blue with red and white lining. Her number was changed to just "9" on 12 January 1946, under the renumbering scheme of Gresley's successor, Edward Thompson . 4 August 1949 saw 60009 applied with the standard British Railways express passenger blue livery. Finally on 2 October 1952, Union of South Africa was painted in British Railways brunswick green livery. She has worn this livery throughout preservation to date.
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