Tornado the first new steam locomotive in over 50 years to come into service in Britain.
Very nice locomotive and photo. Greetings John.
fantastic picture! Very nice!
Hi John de Crom Thank you. Hopefully this is the first of many new steam trains to run on the main line.
Hello picture fan Thank you. It was pure luck though. I was in the right place @ the right time.
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.
Hi Happy Snapping thanks for the visit & comment. Sorry for the delay in replying.
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
Many thanks Tone, that is very much appreciated.. I have wanted to do that for ages..
Your welcome Jim .
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.
Oui mon ami. C'est charbon et de l'eau conduit.
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
Hi Bruce Not with Tornado. I've not heard anything. If your talking about the loco Goliath rescued that was Tangmere.
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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Photo taken in Torbay, UK
Misplaced? Suggest new location