will be back on the Network Rail main line today (8th
June 2011) with a loaded test run from Tyne Yard to Crewe following her extended winter maintenance period at the National Railway Museum in York and running in on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The locomotive is now wearing BR Brunswick green, in place of her now familiar LNER apple green, which the original A1s carried for most of their lives up until the last one was scrapped in 1966. Over the duration of her first boiler certificate Tornado will carry all of the A1’s historic liveries of LNER apple green with ‘British Railways’ on the tender, BR blue and BR Brunswick green, with both crest and emblem.
The following timings are guidelines and may vary on the day:
Tyne Yard 1523hrs
Carlisle London Road 1725-1808hrs
will travel light engine tomorrow (9th
June) from Crewe (depart 1017hrs) to Didcot (arrive 1535hrs).
Following her loaded test run Tornado
will be visiting Didcot Railway Centre (www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk
), from 9th
June 2011. The only date that this world famous locomotive will be in steam and working at the centre, is Saturday 11th
June 2011. On all the other days, the locomotive will be on static display at the centre. Also in steam on 11th
June will be newly completed steam railmotor No 93. It was officially launched on 28th
May 2011, following a 13 year restoration, involving a brand new vertical boiler and power bogie, and a substantial Heritage Lottery Fund grant. The steam railmotor is the forerunner of today’s multiple unit trains, being an example of the first generation of trains that were self-propelled, and could be driven from either end. Joining the party will be Fire Fly, Britain's other brand new locomotive.
will then be fully re-certified for main line service ready for her first her first main line train in her new Brunswick Green livery which will now be ‘The Canterbury Tornado’ on Saturday 18th
June from Poole (Tornado
from Willesden) to Canterbury and return promoted by Pathfinder, operated by DB Schenker. To book onto this train contact Pathfinder Tours (tel: 01453 835414; web: www.pathfindertours.co.uk
; email: email@example.com
Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“It’s fantastic to have Tornado
back on the Network Rail main line where she belongs. The Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Davies and the team at the NRM for their kind hospitality during Tornado’s
extended winter maintenance period, our hard working volunteers and contractors for doing such a magnificent job and all of our friends and partners for their loyal support over the past few months.”
The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.