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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
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