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60009 'Union of South Africa'

By limmy62
Thought it was time to 'don' my anorak again.... this time for a loco hauled steam special from Birmingham to York with loco 60009, 'Union of South Africa'..a sister loco to the world famous 'Mallard', which held the world speed record of 126.4 mph for a steam hauled train. This was photographed in December 2005 on the Erewash Valley Line at Stanton Gate.

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Tags: General A4 Transport Steam Gresley

Voters: spikemoz, scouseterrier, wasper and 29 more

Readers' Choice Awards are given to photos that get over 30 votes


mystify 13
22 May 2007 12:30AM
This gives a real sense of nostalgia.Wonderful compostion, DOF and clarity.
spikemoz 13 2
22 May 2007 12:34AM
This is a great picture of an A4, particularly the steam whiskers on each side of the chimney from the whistle.

22 May 2007 12:42AM
fantastic photo hun.

Dee Smile
wasper 14 533 1 Ireland
22 May 2007 12:55AM
How about a B&W version. But I do like this one.
JohnEW 13 3
22 May 2007 1:05AM
Nice one Roger, love the detail in the smoke. A bit dark at the front of the loco, suggest a bit of d&b or shadows & highlights adjust in PS.
Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
22 May 2007 2:03AM
I love the way the light has highlighted the steam clouds, and the rails.
TyChee Plus
15 275 1 United States
22 May 2007 4:03AM
Such a classic rail scene!
NevP 15 853 13 Canada
22 May 2007 5:19AM
meadowman 13 1
22 May 2007 7:07AM
lovely trail,great shot rog Wink

BEVZED 13 1.1k United Kingdom
22 May 2007 8:42AM
What a corker, how envious am I !
Absolute cracker of a capture, keep the anorak on Wink
ericfaragh 17 149 5 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 8:53AM
Great sidelighting on the engine and the steam.
Simon_Palmer 14 759 11 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 9:20AM
A fantastic steam image, like this one an awful lot.

Saran 17 63 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 11:49AM
I would definately not normally look at this sort of shot - always prefer ones with people in! But this is great made me stop and look, love the light on the steam. Thanks
phillips 14 69 2 Scotland
22 May 2007 3:30PM
Great detail in the steam ..... think you could make the image stronger by cropping away all of the blue sky.

pamelajean Plus
14 1.4k 2168 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 7:59PM
This is SO good, it deserves the highlights treatment on the front of the engine, to make it perfect.
TonyFrith 13 3 6 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 8:11PM
Super image, like the steam
Seen Sir Nigel Gresley a few times on the lines but don't think I have seen this one
brownsilent 13 7 2 United Kingdom
22 May 2007 9:39PM
Superb shot, Rog. The steam is fantastic, especially viewed large. Double click!
vulcan 14 England
22 May 2007 9:57PM
Spot on shot.Click

Regards Vulcan
BobbyHB 14 2 England
23 May 2007 12:44AM
A great shot of "No 9". When she was given a heavy overhaul at Bridgnorth ready for the Forth Bridge anniversary in 1990, the lads reckoned that , once run in, she could have equalled, if not beaten, Mallards' record due to the fact that she was overhauled to Swindon tolerances which were tighter then Doncasters. Plus the fact that the lubrication problem to the middle big end had been cured by Townsend, who was shed master at Top shed (Kings cross) back in the fifties. Oh, and Mallard HOLDS the record, it has never been beaten.
looboss 13 3.1k 7 United Kingdom
27 May 2007 2:27AM
Excellent, its got life and motion, much more to my liking
imagio 14 12 1 England
27 May 2007 8:27AM
Priceless image..

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