Mk3 train for 90mph-registered Tornado

A NEW concept in steam charter train operation has been unveiled by the A1 Trust, which will see its ‘A1’ Pacific Tornado paired with a luxury train consisting of Mk3 rolling stock.

New build meets re-build: No. 60163 Tornado drifts past the Battersea Power Station development on September 30, while in charge of the British Pullman. JAMES HAMILTON
New build meets re-build: No. 60163 Tornado drifts past the Battersea Power Station development on September 30, while in charge of the British Pullman. JAMES HAMILTON

The locomotive will be registered to run at a maximum of 90mph, fulfilling the Darlington organisation’s
long-held ambition to raise its limited range from 75mph.

The new charter rake will be launched into traffic in three years time, while the 2008-built 4-6-2 will begin 90mph trials next spring.

High-speed runs are not only for prestige purposes; future 90mph derogation will enable Tornadohauled trains to benefit from shorter journey times and fit in better with what is an increasingly congested national network.

Read more in November’s issue of The RM

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