Tornado train is to steam in to the North Yorkshire
11:01am 30th May 2011
he country's most modern steam engine, 60163 'Tornado' is set to make a welcome return to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, in time for the May Bank Holiday week.
The locomotive, which has just been unveiled at the National Railway Museum in its new livery - BR Brunswick Green - will arrive at the NYMR on Wednesday 25 May.
It will be put into operation on Thursday 26 May, which is a symbolic day for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, as it marks the 175th anniversary day since the Whitby-Pickering line was first opened on 26 May 1836.
As well as hauling passenger services during the day, 'Tornado' will also haul a special 'Anniversary' Pullman dining service on the evening of 26 May.
The locomotive, which is one of a kind, will be running on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on certain dates between 26 May and 5 June. Those keen to see the engine in its new livery are advised to check the NYMR timetable for precise details of its running. Further information is available, just click here or by call 01751 472508.
The visit of 'Tornado' helps to continue the celebrations of the Whitby-Pickering line, which this year marks the 175th birthday since its opening.
'Tornado' was first unveiled to the public in 2009 and is the first new steam engine to have been built in over 50 years, at a cost of £3 million. It was built in Darlington.
The engine is known as a 'Peppercorn A1' class. All of the original locomotives were scrapped in the late 1960s, meaning that 'Tornado' had to be built from scratch, following the original plans at the National Railway Museum.
The A1s were the final development of the LNER (London North Eastern Railway) Pacific design, started by Nigel Gresley, He was the Chief Mechanical Engineer at the LNER and later became Sir Nigel Gresley.
Brunswick green was the historic livery carried by all of the original 49 Peppercorn class A1s for most of their lives.
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