At the end of July Tornado was back in steam on the main line for a test run to Carnforth ahead of work on the support coach.
We were delighted to see the engine in fine fettle after spending much of the first half of the year parked up at the National Railway Museum in York, as all steam trains ceased following the onset of the pandemic. This period of isolation came to an end on 24th July when the locomotive moved to Lancashire and Tornado is now being prepared for trains in September.
The engine was prepped by our engineering team at the NRM ahead of the move. In this new age, our Support Crew numbers were limited but the smaller team worked well within the new social distancing guidelines. They report that the move was quite uneventful – which is always a good sign!
Watch this space for updates from Carnforth.
Tornado is spruced up at the NRM – Charlotte Graham
Now in steam. No. 60163 prepares to leave a somewhat forlorn No. 60009 behind – Charlotte Graham
En route – Tornado passes through Bingley – Tony Jackson