20/09/14 60009 'Union of South Africa' on 'The Cheshireman'

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20/09/14 60009 'Union of South Africa' on 'The Cheshireman'

Postby PeterH » Sun Sep 21, 2014 3:46 pm

Hullo all,

A few photos from my trip onboard 'The Cheshireman' from Euston to Chester and back. Saturday 20th September 2014. 60009 'Union of South Africa' was our engine for the day and a superb job she did as well. The Railway Touring Company ran the tour. Weather was miserable but I had jolly good fun nevertheless. It is also my first railtour for about 2 years since my trip to Winchester.

The 46233 trip to Holyhead at about 07:00 at Watford Junction. A very similar trip to ours except we had steam all the way to Chester. For this trip 46233 came on and off at Crewe. The lucky devils managed to get a stop at Watford Junction. We were obliged to travel to Euston - the RYTC did provide us with tickets to get to Euston and back though which was nice of them.

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At Euston. Miserable weather which was to last throughout the day. Departure time was at 07:41. 60009 simmers ready for the off.

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After arriving dead on time at Chester (13:01), 60009 waits to reverse its train to some out-of-the-way location.

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On the return journey. 60009 approaches Crewe where there was to be a crew change - ha!

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Not quite home again, but the end of the trip. 60009 at the buffers, Euston. 2 minutes late at 22:36. At times we were 15 minutes up on the timetable - alas modern traction and engineering works get in our way. Superb job from the crew, stewards and organisers - as with every railtour.

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And lastly a video of 60009 coming through Watford Junction on the Railcam.org.uk Watford Junction camera. If you look carefully you will see yours truly waving in the coach behind the buffet:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jsM_CsUH19Y
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