LNER A4 Union Of South Africa Unable to visit NYMR

Rail Report
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LNER A4 Union Of South Africa is unfortunately unable to visit the North Yorkshire Steam Railway.

Union of South Africa is unable to visit due to overrunning repairs. She needs a new piston ring and valve ring which can’t be sourced at the time of her visit.

The East Lancashire Railway have lent Bulleid 34092 ‘City of Wells’ will take over from A4 ‘Union of South Africa’. Onboard the NYMR will be offering free tea and coffee as a thank you for their cooperation.

General Manager of the NYMR Chris Price said:
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Working within the heritage preservation world, situations such as this bring home how fragile these historic locomotives are and the challenges associated with maintaining old equipment. Of course we are disappointed but we are also confident that having 34092 City of Wells, travelling across the moors will be a fantastic sight to see.

I would like to thank the East Lancashire Railway for their cooperation and support during this time. Their support has been invaluable and as a gesture of goodwill we have agreed to a visit of 926 Repton to their Autumn Gala which takes place 18-20 October 2019”.

A bit of history on 34092 ‘City of Wells’:

34092 was constructed at Brighton Works in 1949 and later that year it was named Wells which was changed to City of Wells in 1950. It was initially allocated to Stewarts Lane where it worked out of Victoria to the Kent coast. In November 1964, it was withdrawn from service and sent to Woodham Brothers at Barry for scrap where it arrived in March 1965. It remained there until October 1971 when a group from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway bought it. In 2017 agreement was reached between the owners and the East Lancashire Railway for the railway to buy the locomotive.