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TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 19, 2009

Tornado the first new steam locomotive in over 50 years to come into service in Britain.

John de Crom on July 20, 2009

Very nice locomotive and photo. Greetings John.

picture fan on July 20, 2009

fantastic picture! Very nice!

Greetings, Mario

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 20, 2009

Hi John de Crom Thank you. Hopefully this is the first of many new steam trains to run on the main line.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 21, 2009

Hello picture fan Thank you. It was pure luck though. I was in the right place @ the right time.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 2, 2009

Recently, Tornado took part in BBC2’s Top Gear where she raced between London-Edinburgh against a Vincent bike and Jag.

Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line railway. The project to build a new Peppercorn class A1 was launched in 1990 and after 18 years of planning, construction and fundraising the £3 million locomotive was completed in August 2008. Tornado hauled her first main line passenger train on 31st January 2009. Tornado was named by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19th February 2009. The Trust is still seeking to raise funds to repay the £832,000 borrowed to complete her construction.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 24, 2009

Hi Happy Snapping thanks for the visit & comment. Sorry for the delay in replying.

Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 15, 2009

Yeah!! that's the one!! 3 million quids worth of NE engineering at its best (except the boiler)

You mentioned how good it would be to be to see the Tornado under the viaduct. Unfortunately this can never happen. Following a trial run of the A4 Gresley from Grosmont to Whitby a couple of years ago, it was discovered that there is insufficient articulation of the wheels to cope with the tight Radii in the lines just beyond the viaduct!! If you take a look at the mapping and zoom in, follow the line up the river to see just how tight those curves are!!

However, all the Locos are able to traverse the line from Grosmont to Pickering and this is by far the most popular stretch!!

There are plans to run steam locos along the Esk Valley line to Middlesbrough, in tandem with the diesel service currently operated by Ariva!

The age of steam is alive and well ;>0



Jim Evans (AXOTA) on September 15, 2009

Many thanks Tone, that is very much appreciated.. I have wanted to do that for ages..



TonyWalker Studio4t1 on September 16, 2009

Your welcome Jim .

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on September 16, 2009

Lol i was speaking to some German spotters when Tornado came to Goodrington and they told me about the boiler. I hope it lasts. Glad to here steam is still alive up there. I see what you mean about the tight curves.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 15, 2010

Oui mon ami. C'est charbon et de l'eau conduit.

Peter_private_box on January 26, 2010

Ah Bruce,

Before Tone tells us if there is a boiler problem, let us remember that the boiler was made in Germany!!

It won't be the first time either. See picture no.22250714 It failed for Alan 'Top Spotter' too.

Best Wishes Peter

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on January 26, 2010

Hi Bruce Not with Tornado. I've not heard anything. If your talking about the loco Goliath rescued that was Tangmere.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on December 26, 2011

Eisenbahner P. Modes Hallo Peter Yes this is a very interesting Locomotive but it's not old but Brand New. It's called Tornado. A Peppercorn class A1 Loco for the British main line. Part of it was made in Germany. Thanks for your very Kind words and Like. Much appreciated, 4 t ⃝ N E.

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