I would just like to say thank you John for all the memories... My first encounter with number 9 was at Kilmarnock station in August 1990 running as Osprey, we had been tipped of by a friendly fitter at Motherwell depot of the date and approximate time that she was due to take on water in the station. Words can not describe my feelings as a then 13 year old lad who had played with (3 rail Silver King on my late grandads layout) but not seen an A4 in steam up close and personal. I'm fairly certain that JC was in the cab that day and gave myself and the rest of the family a personal tour of the cab. I think it would be fair to say I practically wet myself when I was allowed to sit on the drivers seat! Rather fittingly 60009 also hauled my first mainline steam tour from Kings X to York and return, hanging my head out of the window as we came down Stoke Bank in the dark with the wind in my hair (I had some in those days!) and the chime whistle sounding was something that I had dreamt about since that first encounter. Seeing her stood around the turntable with all her remaining sisters during the Great Gathering with my Dad and my son was again just something unique and amazing. Mallard may of been my sons favourite, but Number 9 was mine. My last trip behind her was the Scottish Lowlander: Carlisle - Beattock - Glasgow (alas we bypassed Kilmarnock) Ayr -Dumfries - Carlisle. The climb up Beattock was not particularly quick but the acceleration once we had crested the summit was quite simply exhilarating. So there we go - some personal reminiscences of my encounters with 60009. I know that it is unlikely that John will read this but thank you again - I've finished with tears in my eyes as I also recall my Grandad whom without I probably would not have had my love of steam and steam locomotives.