60009 – Union of South Africa – Heart of Midlothian

Date: 27 June 2009 Location: Northbound. Browney, 4 miles south of Durham. Locomotive: LNER Class A4 60009 Union of South Africa. Born June 1937. Aged 70. Train: The Heart of Midlothian. Peterborough Edinburgh. (The Railway Touring Company tour). Timekeeping: Approx. 2 late. Number of carriages: 12. Steaminess: Plenty. Lots of advance warning before heading over the Croxdale Viaduct in the distance. Speed: Adequate. York Durham was scheduled to take 82 minutes. Wobbliness: 6/10. Average amount of wobble. Rubbish panning again. Wind noise: None. Baby noise and chatter: Moderate. Number of other spotters: Plenty. 7 cars. I forgot to do a headcount. Things to note: Even when it isnt raining, fields can still be wet and muddy. The great County Durham fog of 2009 had lifted by 9.20. Yay!