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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Two of four from CHUMS

Today's post, 18 November 2018,  features half of a quartet of super jigsaws retailed by Chums, but from the Grovely JHG Jigsaws stable.

I tried to purchase a set of 4 steam railway jigsaws from Chums, close to Christmas last year, but was told that they had sold out and no more were expected. This year I reciprocated much earlier and bought the current set of 4 featuring Heritage Railway photographs of excellent quality (not always the case with photographs). The two published here are (left) Flying Scotsman, Goathland and (right) Union of South Africa, Oakham, locomotives at the forefront of main line steam. Information on Flying Scotsman, locomotive and train, can be found in the post of 28th June 2011; just click on the year in the side bar archive, and the posts will appear. Goathland is a station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The village is famous as the set for the TV series Heartbeat.

Union of South Africa (No.60009)was designed by Sir Nigel Gresley of the L.N.E.R. and appeared in 1937 as No.4488 Osprey. She was re-named a little later to commemorate the founding of the Union of South Africa. Unfortunately for steam enthusiasts and class 'A4' lovers in particular, owner John Cameron is insistent that the locomotive will be retired in April 2019, along with his 'K4' class 2-6-0 locomotive, The Great Marquess. He intends to build a special visitor centre for both on his farm in Scotland. Oakham is a station in Rutland.

Note: (May 2019) John's desire to retire No.60009 to a visitor centre on his Fife farm are on hold, as permission has not been granted by his local council. Since then however, the loco has been relieved of main line duties, awaiting a decision whether serious repairs will be sanctioned.