Tornado 10th anniversary programme takes shape


THE A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has confirmed an attractive programme of main line tours to mark the 10th anniversary of ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado in 2018.

On February 24, the ‘North Briton’ will take Tornado back to the Settle to Carlisle Line, with the ‘A1’ joining the train at Doncaster Belmont Yard for the run to Tyne Yard via Carlisle and the Tyne Valley.

At precisely 09:48,‘A1’ Pacific No 60163 Tornado races through Warrington Bank Quay station with the outward leg of the ‘Border Raider’ railtour on September 16. As railtours go this was arguably one of the most ambitious ones, taking 60163 on a round trip from Birmingham to Carlisle and back via Shap, the S&C and Aire Valley, as well tackling Diggle. PHIL JONES

The tour starts in Cambridge, with a DB Cargo Class 67 handling the diesel legs.

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March 24’s ‘Sulis & Sarum Express’ from Tame Bridge Parkway to Bath and Salisbury will be followed on April 14 by Tornado’s first booked 90mph railtour – the ‘Ebor Flyer’.

Two weeks later, the ‘Ynys Mon Express’ runs from Leicester to Holyhead, with optional excursions to Llandudno and the Ffestiniog/Welsh Highland Railway offering the potential for a steam-packed day out.

On May 19, the ‘Canterbury Tale’ heads south from Peterborough via the ECML to Canterbury, returning via Dover and Ashford to London, where a diesel takes over for the trip back to Peterborough.

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