Saturday 11th May 2019 saw 60163 Tornado head through The Hope Valley & South Yorkshire on The Mad Hatter.
The Mad Hatter is a tour ran by Tornado Tours & UK Railtours. The Mad Hatter runs once a year to Chester.
This year’s Mad Hatter ran from North Road, just outside Darlington, County Durham to Chester and return via Copy Pit & The Hope Valley.
This saw the A1 head through places such as Darlington, Northallerton, Thirsk, York, Church Fenton, Wakefield Kirkgate, Brighouse, Hebden Bridge, Accrington, Warrington Bank Quay, Chinley, Edale, Hope, Hathersage, Grindleford, Dore & Totley, Sheffield, Meadowhall & Barnsley.
Saturday 11th May saw RailView the A1 at places such as Hathersage, Derbyshire, passing through at 18:46, 10 minutes late, Grindleford, Derbyshire, passing through at 18:48 9 minutes late, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, at 19:09 1 minute late & Meadowhall passing through at 20:04 5 minutes late.
Here are a few images from the day:
Info about 60163 Tornado:
- Designed by Arthur Peppercorn.
- Built at Darlington Works by the A1SLT in 2008.
- She is the first UK standard gauge new Steam Locomotive to be built since 1960.
- She hauled her first passenger run (The Peppercorn Pioneer) on 31st January 2019
- She was named by the Prince of Wales & Duchess of Cornwall at York
- In 2009, she starred on Top Gear on their Race to The North with Jeremy Clarkson from London to Edinburgh, coming in 2nd place to the Jaguar XK120 driven by James May.
- In 2009, she also rescued stranded passengers in the snow in Kent, taking them back to London
- In 2017, she hauled the first steam hauled service trains over the S&C since 1968.
- In 2017, she became the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100MPH in preservation, whilst being out on test for certification to regularly run at 90MPH.
- In 2017, she also starred in Paddington 2 alongside LMS Crab, 13065.
- In 2018, she hauled her first 90MPH railtour (The Ebor Flyer) from London Kings Cross to York. However, this did not go well, with the loco having a serious fail with inside valve gear at Sandy, Bedfordshire. She was then taken to the Nene Valley Railway for repair.
- Later in 2018, she returned to steam on the NVR.
- In 2019 she hauled her first tour since her major failure on The Ebor Flyer in April 2018.
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