The gallery features a selection of the best photographs from the Trust’s Photo Library, click on the year below to review the dates featured. We are always happy to receive images from photographers who might want to have their work exhibited in this section of the website.
No. 60163 on the 100mph run – Robin Coombes
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Back to work! Tornado tears past Newton Hall – Craig Oliphant
The train passes Brafferton near Darlington – Maurice Burns
With the North Sea in the background, the train passes Lamberton – Henry Elliott
One minute late! Edinburgh is reached – Mandy Grant
Fireman Tony Jones and driver Steve Hanczar – Mandy Grant
Traction Inspector Bob Hart – Mandy Grant
Duty done, Tornado heads for Millerhill Yard – Mike Walkingshaw
Tornado runs onto the Wensleydale Railway at Bedale – Andy Galpin
Graeme Bunker-James and Steve Davies at Bedale – Andy Galpin
Tornado works a W.R. service train – Andy Galpin
On 19th February three Tornados overflew Tornado! – Mandy Grant
With Bolton Castle in the background, No. 60163 breasts Preston Summit – Maurice Burns
With the help of the WCRCo, Tornado ran a test train, seen here at Chester-le-Street – Cameron Telfer
Following a successful test run, Tornado is turned at Carnforth – Dave Hall
At the beginning of January in suitable wintry conditions, Tornado worked a series of photo charter trains on the Nene Valley Railway. Martin Vos was there to capture the action and sent us these great images.
Tornado sports a ‘Santa’ headboard for the first time! – William Travis
Sunshine, steam and Santa! – Hayden Sheppard
Winter light on the NVR – Hayden Sheppard
Don’t panic! Tornado is still happily ensconced at the Nene Valley Railway with a full programmes of Santa Special work ahead. However, her miniature doppelganger which has adorned a roundabout in Darlington for some years was in need of some TLC and has come back to DLW for a ‘heavy general’ and a new coat of paint!
The model is seen at Darlington Locomotive Works – Paul Bruce
During September and October the opportunity was taken to run Tornado in on the Nene Valley Railway, operating service trains and some driver experience turns.
No. 60163 at Peterborough – Thomas Shrimpton
Tornado steams into Ferry Meadows – Thomas Shrimpton
A driver experience turn leaves Wansford – Alex Morton
Under clear skies at Peterborough – Alex Morton
Back on shed at Wansford – Alex Morton
Work continues to return Tornado to operation following the unfortunate incident on ‘The Ebor Flyer’ on 14th April. Our focus is on repairs to the engine’s valve bores, including the fitment of new valve liners to the middle valve, and on machining other components such as the new crosshead, union link and combination lever. In due course it will move on to the new valve heads.that are required and smaller components like fitted bolts and so forth as we reinstate the locomotive to operations.
The investigation progresses, and whilst it continues, the focus is on an alignment issue on the middle valve, analysis of the clearances in the valve rings and a concern over contamination or degradation in the lubrication used. We will continue to work through these issues to ensure robust conclusions are reached and agree suitable actions with our industry partners to avoid a re-occurrence.
It is still our intention that the locomotive will return to traffic, picking up its programme of trains from the 10th July.
All photos by Robert Stephenson Co. Ltd.
The newly machined union link.
The combination lever being machined.
A closer image of the combination lever.
Tornado tears through Biggleswade with ‘The Ebor Flyer’ – Rob Simmons
Digswell – Andrew Plummer
Hitchin – Jeffrey Banks
Putney – Thomas Shrimpton
Woking – Thomas Shrimpton
29th March – Irwell Vale – Alan Weaver
Roche Viaduct – Alan Weaver
Ramsbottom – Ian McDonald
Rawtenstall – Ian McDonald
30th March – Broadfield Bank – Ian McDonald
Rawtenstall – Colin Cragg
31st March – Robert Batty