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No. 60163 on the 100mph run – Robin Coombes
Finally Tornado was back on the main line and the Settle & Carlisle route to boot! With steam from Barrow Hill to Hellifield via Carlisle, No. 60163 didn’t disappoint, giving a storming performance over the old Midland Railway route.
En route from Barrow Hill, Tornado passes Bedgrave – Alan Weaver
No. 60163 pauses at York – Declan Hargeaves
Climbing into the Pennines, the train is seen at Greengates – Sam Yeeles
No. 60163 feels the grade at Mallerstang with thirteen coaches on – David Robinson
The scenery easily dominates the view at Ais Gill – Mick Rogers
A superb drone shot of Dent Head Viaduct – Tom Marshall
Duty done, Tornado is refreshed at Hellifield – Mandy Grant
With the train taken forward by modern traction, the locomotive heads back to York – Liam Barnes
Our last update saw Tornado just after the locomotive had been repainted in West Coast Railway’s paint shop. On Tuesday 1st September, the day we had been waiting for eventually arrived and No. 60163 was pulled out of the paint shop into the sunshine. This then allowed the team to see and inspect things in daylight, and from this they produced a snagging list of items which had been missed or just needed a second coat of paint. Inside the cab, the cab sides were repainted, the cab roof thoroughly cleaned and polished, the boiler backhead cleaned and degreased and, where required, repainted. The nameplates were restored by the painting team at RAF Leeming and a small Trust team went to RAF Leeming to collect them. Their restoration involved sand blasting to remove all the old paint from the nameplates and the badge plates. Everything was then repainted ready for new badges to be fitted. However, due to workload the team at RAF Marham hadn’t been able to paint and despatch their badge to Leeming to meet our timescales – so for ‘The Queen of Scots’ the nameplate on the fireman’s side didn’t carry the proper badge, but instead we used a stand-in aluminium RAF Marham badge plate borrowed from DLW – did anyone notice? One of the last livery details to be added to No. 60163 were the route availability numbers, Ian Greenan having fun applying the water slide transfers. Numerous small tasks were also tackled including the acquisition of new “DO NOT MOVE” boards with rubber feet (which hopefully won’t scratch the new paintwork!), a full oil level survey, painting the locomotive’s chocks and painting some further cab fittings, the recovered driver’s and fireman’s seats also returned from the upholsterer look very smart. The spectacle wind shields also had a thorough clean and polish, as did the chime whistle, and we continued to clean and paint tools as time has allowed.
Tornado, reunited with her nameplates, gleams in the sunshine at Carnforth. – Richard Pearson
Finishing touches! One of the Carnforth painting team paints the hose cocks. – Richard Pearson
Cleaning Tornado’s cab of spray dust. – Richard Pearson
Ian Greenan applies the RA number to the cabside. – Richard Pearson
A socially-distanced group at the handover of the refreshed nameplates at RAF Leeming. – RAF
Graeme Bunker-James and Steve Davies with one of the repainted plates. – RAF
The opportunity to refresh the support coach also presented itself and it was No. 21249’s turn to receive a bit of TLC when it was moved it to the paint shop for a repaint. Within a couple of days the coach had received two coats of gloss. The roof was also be painted, and the frames and bogies received a black ‘wash over’. Axlebox covers, springs and dampers were also be painted in their appropriate colours, and lining and numbers added. Additional repairs over the following weeks included a roof ventilator, adjusting the brakes and (disaster!) the need to replace the tea boiler!
The support coach is rubbed down in the Carnforth paintshop. – Richard Pearson
The coach receives its first coats of gloss paint. – Richard Pearson
The finished result, carrying BR maroon livery for the first time since its overhaul at DLW. – Richard Pearson
Tornado had a light engine move for ‘The Queen of Scots’ as a shake-down and following the tour there were few items on the ‘snag list’ that needed attending to, the most serious of which was the need to replace a broken left-hand trailing driving wheel spring. We don’t keep spare springs in the coach as they are too big and heavy, so after setting up a method of work for the spring’s removal and agreeing the next steps with Ian Greenan and Nik Proctor, Richard Pearson then returned to Darlington to collect a spare from DLW. By the time he got back to York, Ian and Nik had finished removing the spring, and had cleaned all the spring hanger bolts ready for refitting. The team then worked into the evening to fit the new spring. Spring changes can often be long and difficult jobs, but this one went smoothly and they eventually got finished at around 21:30hrs.
Following ‘The Ticket to Ride’ tour and the Stockton & Darlington 195 private charter, the locomotive subsequently needed attention to the shriek whistle and one air pump, as well as continuing research into oil pots and corks sizes, aiming to eventually standardise the corks used on No. 60163. This will also help David Elliott modify and improve the oil pots on No. 2007, making them all with removeable caps just like the inside motion on Tornado – it is far easier to remove water and any other unwanted debris from the oil pots if you are able to access them properly via a removeable cap. During the third week in October the locomotive had its boiler washed-out although further plans for No. 60163 will depend on the resumption of railtours, all of which were cancelled following the announcement of the new lockdown.
At the start of a great day, Tornado is seen at Northallerton – Sam Yeeles
The train crosses the River Wharfe at Ulleskelf – Alan Weaver
‘The Ticket to Ride’ climbs away from Todmorden – Daniel Birch
The return run is seen at Gregson Lane near Preston – Kallum Buckley
Tornado is ready to leave Carlisle with ‘The Queen of Scots’ – Graham Nicholas
Battling up Beattock – Alistair Moulstone
Tornado runs into Edinburgh – Mike Walkingshaw
‘The Queen of Scots’ leaves Edinburgh Waverley – Michael Denholm
The returning train stands in Newcastle – Sam Yeeles
Because of the cancellation of the first two Aberdonians due to the tragic accident at Stonehaven, we were able to take advantage of Tornado’s extended stay at Carnforth to have our support coach, No. E21249, repainted in BR maroon livery. The coach has carried BR carmine & cream since it was originally overhauled and converted into Tornado’s support coach and for much of the time since it has matched the Riviera Trains rolling stock in the same livery. However, with the prospect of operating more trains formed of West Coast Railway and Scottish Railway Preservation Society coaches in maroon livery and No. 60163 returning to BR green livery, it seemed logical for the coach to carry an appropriate colour as well.
The coach is rubbed down in the Carnforth paintshop – A1SLT
Glossy maroon paint is applied – A1SLT
The final result! – A1SLT
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.
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
The Edinburgh Christmas Market special passes Burnmouth – Stuart Black
With the Tweed looking like a mirror, the train crosses the Royal Border Viaduct – Henry Elliott
Tornado runs into Dunbar – Michael Denholm
Redhouse Castle – Peter Backhouse
Tornado was serviced at the NRM in York – Michael Barnes
Busy times at York! No. 7029 Clun Castle meets Tornado – Thomas Shrimpton
The train pauses at Peterborough on the return run – Thomas Shrimpton