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