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Tornado

A few days ago I posted a picture taken at Rothley on the Great Central Steam Railway and included details of the major Steam Gala taking place, at which would be the "new build" A1 Pacific, Tornado, about which much has appeared in the media.

As it turned out I did not attend the gala but some of you asked to see a picture of it so these two were taken whilst it was standing in the locoshed a few days earller. Although it is not an action shot you get some idea of the size of the machine, the driving wheels are 6f eet+ in size I understand.

The locomotive left the GCR on 15th.October headed for the National Railway Museum at York for painting and final finishing off.

A very good You Tube video of the loco in action is available at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YoU5M4k0vtM

 

Tornado

A few days ago I posted a picture taken at Rothley on the Great Central Steam Railway and included details of the major Steam Gala taking place, at which would be the "new build" A1 Pacific, Tornado, about which much has appeared in the media.

As it turned out I did not attend the gala but some of you asked to see a picture of it so these two were taken whilst it was standing in the locoshed a few days earller. Although it is not an action shot you get some idea of the size of the machine, the driving wheels are 6f eet+ in size I understand.

The locomotive left the GCR on 15th.October headed for the National Railway Museum at York for painting and final finishing off.

A very good You Tube video of the loco in action is available at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=YoU5M4k0vtM

 

comments (9)

Thanks for this Brian and for the youtube link. The colour scheme gives it a strange ghost like appearance. I'd love to see it in the flesh!
Brian Walbey: I quite like the gray undercoat finish Bill, it is now going to be painted a shade of green. If you bookmark the A1 Steam Trust website and look at it from time to time no doubt they will post information of when and where it is running, especially when it starts hauling excursions.
  • Aussie
  • Brisbane
  • 22 Oct 2008, 08:39
Great images Brian. Love trains especially the older ones.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Aussie (got the name right today) but you may not realise that although this is old style it has been built over the last few years from scratch by enthusiasts. More details at http://www.a1steam.com/
THank you Brian: my legs have turned to jelly at the sight of this and at the expectation of seeing it out on the main line one day!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, I was only sorry I didn't see it working. I said to Bill that the A1 Steam trust website http://www.a1steam.com/ might have details from time to time of where it might be going over the next few years on excursions.
  • Harv
  • UK
  • 22 Oct 2008, 10:27
I've spent a couple of hours over the last weekend with my two little boys sat on my knee watching the various videos of "Tornado" on the web. It certainly is a beast and the prospect of it whistling along at >100mph on the mainline is one my son's can't wait for!

You can find all sorts of great video clips (including Tornado) at http://www.steamontheweb.co.uk

Thanks Brian!
Brian Walbey: I'm glad you are pleased that I featured Tornado Harv, I have had a look at the link you gave me and bookmarked it in my "Railways" favourites folder. Thanks very much.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Oct 2008, 11:19
Nice presentation Brian and the link was well worth watchingsmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Tracy, I'm glad you enjoyed the picture and the link.
  • Les Auld
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2008, 20:39
I was just watching a programme on BBC4 about the building of this engine, you just have to take your hat off to the men and women who spent a large part of their life working on their dream. It must have been a marvelous moment for them to realise it.

Nicely presented Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Les, it was a good programme wasn't it. No doubt Tornado will turn up at the ELR one day.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Oct 2008, 21:46
Great link and this is a beautiful collage, love these big engines, never get tired of looking at them.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid, I never cease to be amazed that the ladies on SC seem to like steam engines, Ellie liked this one as well.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 22 Oct 2008, 22:59
This is a piece of history Brian, thanks for doing your bit to share it. I'd have been proud to be involved in getting this wonderful engine built
Brian Walbey: Thanks Ellie, I'm sure a lot of ladies were involved with this, there were certainly a few on the BBC4 documentary about Tornado last Thursday evening.
  • Alan
  • Southampton, on the sunny south coast of England
  • 23 Oct 2008, 18:29
I've been enjoying seeing the building of this in TV in the past few weeks on the BBC4 railway season. Wonderful to see this project finished, although I always assumed that the loco was in a sort of grey primer waiting painting!
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan ,yes this is the grey undercoat, now it is at York some more equipement is being fitted and then it will be painted a shade of green as they were originally.

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