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photoblog image West Somerset Railway 4/7

West Somerset Railway 4/7

Star of the show wherever it goes newly built Peppercorn class A1 4-6-2 Pacific number 60163 Tornado stands at Minehead after being re-coaled ready for service.

 

In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition - to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific.  They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.

 

Tornado is now fulfilling the dream, hauling specials on the mainline and giving joy to thousands of passengers and linesiders who want to witness the legend in action.  

 

After its first major overhaul and service during the winter months Tornado has been released for further use with a new coat of paint, this time what is known as Brunswick Green by those who are avid enthusiasts of the days of British Railways.

 

West Somerset Railway 4/7

Star of the show wherever it goes newly built Peppercorn class A1 4-6-2 Pacific number 60163 Tornado stands at Minehead after being re-coaled ready for service.

 

In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition - to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific.  They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.

 

Tornado is now fulfilling the dream, hauling specials on the mainline and giving joy to thousands of passengers and linesiders who want to witness the legend in action.  

 

After its first major overhaul and service during the winter months Tornado has been released for further use with a new coat of paint, this time what is known as Brunswick Green by those who are avid enthusiasts of the days of British Railways.

 

comments (17)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 1 Sep 2011, 00:31
What a stunner!
Brian Walbey: She is indeed Ray, when I was a lad I used to see this type of engine regularly on passenger trains on their way to the North of England and Scotland.
It looks even nicer close up Brian.... and it sure does look new...all spit and polishsmile....petersmile
Brian Walbey: A great looking engine Peter, and it is new, perhaps you might find time to read this http://www.a1steam.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=53
  • Chris
  • England
  • 1 Sep 2011, 06:58
I've gone weak at the knees!
Brian Walbey: So did I Chris, just like the old days for me on Hitchin station in the 50's, plus of course A2's, A3's and A4's with great regularity.
What a great picture Brian. This train is in wonderful condition.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Francis. It looks so good because it is brand new as you can see here http://www.a1steam.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=44&Itemid=53
I never get tired of your train pix Brian... I look forward to more. ... I'm really beginning to like trains... in fact I look out for them now to photograph.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Jacquelyn, but the steam ones have much more character than modern electric and diesel ones.
  • Chantal
  • Germany
  • 1 Sep 2011, 08:27
this one would be perfect for Out of Bound
Brian Walbey: Good idea Chantal, I might give it a try.
This is what you call Showroom Condition, superb image.
Brian Walbey: It is indeed Martin.
A fine portrait of this magnificent beast
Brian Walbey: Thanks Bill.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Sep 2011, 09:56
They don't make 'em like they used to. Well actually they seem to do just that from what I saw on the news a while ago.
Brian Walbey: Yes she's almost brand new Chad.
  • Chad Doveton
  • Where latitude and longitude meet.
  • 1 Sep 2011, 09:57
Sorry Brian but I replied before I read your statement.
I still like the other one best [grin]
Brian Walbey: GWR over LNER Richard, heresy!
Super Brian, what a great achievement in creating one of these sublime locomotives, something to be really proud of smile
Brian Walbey: Yes I admire these men for achieving what must have been a pipe-dream over a pint in the local at one time.
Wonderful Brian, be better still in L.M.S red!
Brian Walbey: To an LNER man like me, coming from the eastern side of England, that is almost blasphemy Frank!! smile
Wonderful. This brings back happy memories Brian
Brian Walbey: I'm glad to hear that Janet.
  • Linda
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Sep 2011, 16:07
all shiny and clean ready for its next outing smile
Brian Walbey: Yes Linda, the following Saturday, this was Tuesday, it went back out on to the national network with an excursion train.
Whoa, that's a really powerful beauty!
Brian Walbey: She is indeed Tom, You can see her at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield on the 17th.& 18th.September at their Autumn gala, I guess that might not be too far from you.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 1 Sep 2011, 22:49
Another fine looking loco Brian.
Brian Walbey: She is indeed Mike.

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