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Tornado Stops at  Swindon Train Station

Monday 06 Mar 2017

Tornado Stops at Swindon Train Station

last week CROWDS were thrilled to see a Tornado come steaming into Swindon today.

By Tina Robins, Swindon Advertiser Reporter Picture credit: Ken Mumford 

A LOCOMOTIVE that hit the headlines when it became the first steam engine to haul a timetabled passenger service in half a century calls at Swindon last week.

The Peppercorn class Tornado has been pulling trains between Settle and Carlisle, the first to haul a timetabled passenger service on main line in half a century, to celebrate the reopening of the famous line.

Steam engineer Colin Hatch, who was involved in the Swindon 175 celebrations last year, said: “It is sure to evoke memories for people that go to see it.

“They have a kind of ambience about them. Although the Peppercorn class was built originally for the London and North Eastern Railway to a 1945 design, Tornado is equipped for the modern mainline with the latest safety electronics.

Funding for the £3m project came from public donations and backing was provided by businesses including Rolls-Royce and Bae Systems.

The trust recently unveiled plans to build a second express locomotive – a Gresley class P2 Mikado called Prince of Wales.

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