Heritage line visits mark Tornado’s 10th anniversary

PEPPERCORN ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its completion with a string of visits to preserved lines, interwoven around its busy main line – 90mph – schedule.

The ‘A1’ was in action for running-in at the Great Central Railway-Nottingham on February 10-11 following winter maintenance at Loughborough’s Locomotive Maintenance Services.

It was back on the main line later in the month, with its next heritage line engagement being at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from March 3-11.

‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado is carrying a Locomotive Services Limited headboard as it hauls the 125 Group’s prototype HST coaches at Stanford-upon-Soar with the 12.00 Ruddington-Loughborough service on February 11. PAUL A BIGGS

Following that is the Severn Valley Railway Spring Gala on March 16-18, and on March 29-April 2 it will appear at the East Lancashire Railway.

April 21-22 sees the Apple Green Pacific in action at the Midland Railway-Butterley, and just over a week later it is set to land at the Nene Valley Railway (May 1-13).

Here, No. 60163 will take part in a special ‘Tornado 10’ weekend on May 5-7 alongside David Buck’s recently overhauled Thompson ‘B1’ 4-6-0 No. 61306 Mayflower.

The event will be the ‘B1’s’ first post-overhaul visit to a heritage line, and its first appearance at its former NVR home for many years.

The last of the confirmed visits takes place on May 25-29 when No. 60163 returns to the Bluebell Railway, a line it last visited in 2014.

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