Monday 15th July 2019 saw A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado head from the south-west to South Yorkshire.
This move was from St Philip Marsh HSTD (High-Speed Train Depot) in Bristol to Doncaster Robert Roads Shed.
This move was in preparation for The North Briton on Saturday 20th July, from London Kings Cross to Carlisle and return via Doncaster & Tyne Yard in Newcastle.
Tornado will haul the tour from Doncaster to Carlisle and Carlisle to Tyne Yard.
London Kings Cross to Doncaster & Newcastle to London Kings Cross will be hauled by an electric locomotive.
This loco movement would see A1 Pacific head through places such as Bristol Temple Meads, Bristol Parkway, Cheltenham Spa, Bromsgrove, Water Orton, Tamworth, Burton-on-Trent, Ilkeston, Langley Mill, Alfreton, Chesterfield, Swinton, Mexborough, & Conisborough.
Saturday 30th June saw RailView 60163 Tornado at Chesterfield, Derbyshire passing through at 16:17 2 minutes early.
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.
- Tornado is a mobile locomotive, moving from depot to depot for tours and events
- Her current livery is BR exchange trails lined apple green with British Railways lettering.
- Tornado hauls many tours around the UK
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