During the locomotive’s enforced sojourn at the National Railway Museum a review of the condition of the paintwork suggested that it might need considerable ‘freshening up’ before the next major overhaul. With a continuation of Covid-19 restrictions likely to prevent a return to traffic during the summer months and with the support coach already booked into Carnforth for wheelset attention it seemed logical to ask if their paintshop could undertake repainting of Tornado at the same time. We are extremely grateful to David Smith and the team at West Coast Railways for fitting us in and allowing a little extra ‘tinkering’ for a Steam Railway magazine cover shoot.
Tornado masquerades as Saint Mungo – Steve Davies
The following photos show the progress of the preparation and repainting of No. 60163 – the first time the locomotive has been spray-painted.