‘A4’ slips AwAy…

Steam Railway (UK) - - DOWNMAIN -

A windy, wet evening, just a lit­tle above freez­ing. An ‘A4’ draws to a stop. Im­pa­tient.

Doors open fur­ther back. Steamedup win­dows fil­ter a warm glow that con­trasts with ma­roon.

Steam wisps into dark­ness; droplets drib­ble down curv­ing cladding.

A plat­form light picks out the flat cab­side panel, the num­ber bright against dark green: 60009.

More green, a lamp from the rear. No­body wants to linger.

Union of South Africa restarts its Lon­don-bound train, of­fer­ing tip-toe­ing power to damp rails. The quick­est of blasts on the chime and it’s gone. How many times more?

As yet… we don’t know. In­deed as ‘Num­ber Nine’ slipped un­der the iron­work of Peter­bor­ough’s Cres­cent Bridge on De­cem­ber 15, there was still no fi­nal news on whether John Cameron’s en­gine would gain an ex­ten­sion for all of 2019 (SR487). Or whether a per­ma­nently static fu­ture will still ar­rive in late April/early May as pre­vi­ously ex­pected.

Will ye come back… again?

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