It's not usual to see a policeman on the platform for the train's arrival. I wonder if he's a steam fan, or if he was really 'crowd control'! Actually, there's always lots of train enthusiasts to meet an excursion like this, and of course all the passengers want to see the locomotive which has been pulling them. They had enjoyed a splendid scenic journey, given the good weather today.
Thirty-five Gresley A4 Pacific steam locomotives were built. Union of South Africa was built in Doncaster in 1937. You can read all its history here.
here. The Latin motto translates as 'From Unity, Strength'!
You can hear the distinctive Crosby chime whistle in this video here.
It will be quite something when all six surviving A4s are together later this year, see here.
Photos © Skip Cottage