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60163 4-6-2 Tornado on trials at Loughborough
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No: 4325   Contributor: Peter Langsdale   Year: 2008   Manufacturer: Unknown   Country: England
60163 4-6-2 Tornado on trials at Loughborough

At last! Photographed on Sunday 28 September 2008 is the brand new A1 class Peppercorn Pacific, all steamed up and having just taken on water ready for a run carrying passengers along the old Great Central line from Loughborough to (almost) Leicester. She is not wearing the nameplates yet.
I had to fly from Sweden to get this picture - why couldn't any of you British residents put one up? Shame on you!
Anyway, I was told that she has to run 1,000 miles before being released on to the main line, when this gray colour will probably be replaced by British Rail green. Of course the last one was 60162 Saint Johnstoun, built in 1949.
There will be a few more pictures of this magnificent monster to come from me!
Picture added on 02 October 2008
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Great Central Railway, Loughborough, England
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According to newspaper reports Tornado has now moved to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for further trials. In January she should have received her apple green LNER paint scheme and start charters all over the UK, with a possible trip throught the Channel Tunnel to France in a few years time.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 06 November 2008.
Tornado has actually moved to the National Railway Museum in York.
On Tuesday she successfully completed her first mainline proving run between York and Scarborough. That was a slowish run tonight, 6/11, she is increasing speed to 60mph on a run from York to Barrowhill via Sheffield. In about 10 days time the speed will increase again to 75 mph on a run from York to Newcastle and back.
I think that the Chunnel story is just that, a story, I can't see them allowing steam, especially with a naked fire, in there especially with what happened recently. However they could drag her dead through the tunnel then run her to Paris. Now there's a thought.
She is, however, already pencilled in for the 4th leg, York to Kings X, of the 2 day Coronation next May.
More news when available.

Added by John Southall on 06 November 2008.
Tornado's inaugural mainline run in pencilled in for 31st January 2009 York-Newcastle-York. It will be a private charter I believe for the supporters of the A1. It will be repeated the following day.
The following weekend she will head a York-Kings Cross train. More are being added all the time now, she does have to earn her keep!

Added by John Southall on 13 November 2008.
Now this new one has been built does anyone think any more will follow maybe of a different type perhaps.

Added by Andrew Wright on 14 November 2008.
I believe the project cost GBP 3 million - that sort of money is extremely difficult to raise, especially now we are in the credit crunch - so I think it is extremely unlikely that it can be done again. There will also be substantial running and maintenance costs for Tornado as she is.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 14 November 2008.
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