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No. 60163 on the 100mph run – Robin Coombes

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Repair progess

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.

Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th March – North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Tornado gets away from Goathland – Alan Weaver

Another impressive shot at Goathland – Alan Weaver

An interesting shot at Grosmont – Mandy Grant

Tornado ascends Goathland Bank – Mandy Grant

The visit to the NYMR was marked by frequent snow showers – Mandy Grant

While in traffic Tornado carried a wreath in honour of Sir William McAlpine – Mandy Grant

Saturday 24th February – ‘The North Briton’ – Cambridge to Carlisle and return

Running main line tours can be a challenge at the best of times and the failure of a relay in Tornado’s TPWS system while she was at the GCR(N) caused the burning of much midnight oil.  Alas, during preparation for ‘The North Briton’ the replacement component also failed, leaving no time to rectify the fault.  Rather than cancel the train the decision was taken to run with a DBC Class 66 on the front to give the train the signalling protection it needed.

Piloted by 66014, ‘The North Briton’ passes Hambleton West Junction – Gareth Griffiths

In beautiful sunshine (unusual for the S&C!) the train passes Birkett – Neil Whitaker

Wetheral Viaduct, another stunning location – Neil Whitaker

December 2017 – Winter maintenance

With Tornado’s season finished, the locomotive was taken by road to Locomotive Maintenance Services in Loughborough (which is not rail connected) for routine winter maintenance including a cylinder re-bore.

Tornado arrives at LMS on an Allelys’ low-loader – Steve Bates

No time was wasted in getting the overhaul started – Graeme Bunker-James

A shore line provides power for No. 60163’s lighting – Graeme Bunker-James