The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity operates No. 60163 Tornado have announced that the locomotive will be spending the remainder of 2018 and early 2019 on the Nene Valley Railway hauling its Santa Steam Specials.
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway as well as the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years.
Tornado has been based on the Nene Valley Railway undergoing repairs since failing on ‘The Ebor Flyer’ on Saturday 14th April. With the repair work to Tornado now complete, the locomotive has been running in on the Nene Valley Railway whilst awaiting recertification and a main line test run. Delays to the latter have resulting in Tornado being available to haul her first Santa Specials since the locomotive’s completion in 2008.
In addition, Tornado will be hauling the Winter Warmer Mince Pie Specials on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th December with a complementary mince pie for adult passengers and sweets for children. Tornado will also be hauling the Winter Steam services on Sunday 6th and Saturday 12th January 2019. Tornado can be booked for Driver Experience courses on Saturday 5th and Friday 11th January 2019.
Paul Roe, Locomotive Superintendent, Nene Valley Railway commented:
“The Nene Valley Railway is delighted to be the first heritage railway to operate Tornado working Santa Steam Specials. With Tornado now back in service, the locomotive will be hauling a variety of trains over the festive season and will even feature in our Driver Experience courses in January – an ideal Christmas present for the railway enthusiast in your family!”
Graeme Bunker-James, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“We are very grateful for the Nene Valley Railway hosting Tornado since April. We are pleased to be working our first ever Santa Steam Specials on the NVR and look forward to meeting lots of excited boys and girls of all ages as they get to meet Santa and travel behind Britain’s newest main line steam locomotive.
“Tornado will be conducting her main line test run from the Nene Valley Railway later in January and will pick up her exciting 2019 programme of main line steam excursions on Saturday 9th February with ‘The North Briton’ from the East Midlands to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle Railway.”
The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.
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