Tornado defeats cable thieves

North Yorkshire Moors Railway 175th Anniversary.'The steam loco "Tornado" arrives at Pickering Station..'Picture by Neil Silk  112168a'28/05/11
North Yorkshire Moors Railway 175th Anniversary.'The steam loco "Tornado" arrives at Pickering Station..'Picture by Neil Silk 112168a'28/05/11
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A new £3 million locomotive has steamed into the North York Moors Railway at the weekend – despite cable theft thieves.

Tornado performed two test runs from York to Scarborough and back earlier this month following her extended winter maintenance period at the National Railway Museum in York, and is now at based at Pickering until Sunday.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust built Peppercorn class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, named after the RAF aircraft, at its Darlington works. The loco should have arrived last Thursday but was delayed because of repeated signal cable theft between Northallerton and Middlesbrough. But it matched its motto of ‘We Rise to our Obstacles’.

The railway is holding two ‘pie and pea’ excursions on May 30 and 31 along the Esk Valley Line from Grosmont to Battersby.