Chance to see £3m locomotive

A NEW £3 million steam locomotive will pull into Scarborough today as it returns to the Network Rail main line.

‘Tornado’ will perform two test runs from York to Scarborough and back following her extended winter maintenance period at the National Railway Museum in York.

She is due to arrive into Scarborough at 12.07pm, departing an hour later, and again at 6.10pm.

Mark Allatt, chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, said: “It’s fantastic to have Tornado back on the Network Rail main line where she belongs. The Trust would like to take this opportunity to thank Steve Davies and the team at the railway museum for their kind hospitality during Tornado’s extended winter maintenance period, our hard working volunteers and contractors for doing such a magnificent job and all of our friends and partners for their loyal support over the past few months.”

Following her light engine test runs Tornado will be visiting the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, arriving on May 25 and staying until June 5.

The locomotive was completed in August 2008 after 18 years of planning, construction and fundraising. Tornado was named by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station in February 2009.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered charity, built Peppercorn class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, named after the RAF aircraft, at its Darlington Locomotive Works.

The class A1s were designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway. However, following the dieselisation of the railways, all were scrapped by 1966.