Tornado entering turntable at Churston

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Comments (16)

Ge Ko on July 21, 2009

Without steam, that is sad!


Greetings in the Kingdom,

Ge Ko

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 21, 2009

Hi Ge Ko Yes very sad indeed, I think they were trying out a new environmentally friendly smokeless coal to try and cut carbon emissions. At least you can see the train clearly this way.

Ge Ko on July 21, 2009

The steam, the smoke and smell, these are the highlights of these locomotives.

Greetings from Germany,

Ge Ko

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on July 21, 2009

Hi Ge Ko yes i will capture it at speed with steam bellowing out. I missed it the other day as the tornado out run my R1 from Churston to Goodrington Greetings from England. Tone.

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.

finek on August 6, 2009

The excellent capture.Greetings from Poland :)) finek

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 12, 2009

Hi finek Thank you

jagafoto on August 26, 2009

Beautiful! Best regards, Jaga

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on August 26, 2009

Hello jagafoto. Thanks for your kind words and visit. Much appreciated.

Vadim Anokhin on February 13, 2010

Nice locomotive. Do they uses ultra-light LED in his lamp? :)

Vadim Anokhin on February 13, 2010

What is Peppercorn class A1? Are this is fully modern design of steam locomotive or just rebuilding old locomotive, uses old schemes and diagrammes?

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on February 13, 2010

Hi Vadim Anokhin The Peppercorn class A1 locomotive was the last steam train to run on the British main line. Forty-nine original Peppercorn Class A1s were built to the design of Arthur Peppercorn (who was the last Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London and North Eastern Railway) during the early British Railways era, but all A1 locomotives were scrapped with the discontinuation of steam, and none of the original production run surviving.

In 2008 a brand new Peppercorn A1 locomotive, 60163 Tornado, was completed to the same design as the originals. Tone.

Vadim Anokhin on February 13, 2010

Thanks for answer, Tone. Need to build series of such pretty locomotives, may be 10-20. And use it's for tourists. The Russian rich man, as Abramovich can not to purchase "Chelsy", and use his money for really good things.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on February 13, 2010

It's funny you should say that Vadim Anokhin, i was just thinking exactly the same thing, we need a rich russian to invest in something more useful than football. The A1 trust who built this magnificent Locomotive are still paying off the 3.5 million pound sterling it cost to build Tornado. If i had the money i would build a modern version of Tornado which the A1 trust had an opportunity to do but they decided to reconstruct the original. The new version is a high speed steam locomotive which would be awsome.

Jacek Firmanty on November 1, 2014

Ładna lokomotywa L.

TonyWalker Studio4t1 on November 3, 2014

Witaj Jacek Firmanty. Dziękuję bardzo za miłe słowa i Like. Bardzo ceniona. Jest to nowy Lokomotywa. Pozdrowienia Tone.

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