Tornado to hit Nottinghamshire!
Train lovers should make a note in their diaries to visit the Great Central Railway – Nottingham in February as it will be playing host to the legendary steam locomotive, 60163 Tornado, which will also be familiar to anyone who has recently seen Paddington 2 at the cinema.
The A1 Pacific class locomotive is Britain’s newest steam locomotive, built in 2008, and as part of the celebrations of her 10th year in service will be appearing for the first time at Ruddington, Nottinghamshire’s only Heritage Railway.
Despite her young age, Tornado is already iconic as a regular sight on mainline services and also having found fame on the television in Top Gear and “Tornado: The 100 MPH Steam Engine”. It is also the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph in 50 years.
Visitors will be able to travel on the former Great Central Railway main line on a return journey from Ruddington to Loughborough Junction behind this locomotive, with four trains per day on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th February.
The locomotive has been undergoing annual maintenance at Locomotive Maintenance Services Limited, based in Loughborough and they and the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust have made this visit to Ruddington possible.
Advance online booking is advised and tickets are strictly limited. Full details of how to book a journey will be available at www.gcrn.co.uk and tickets will be on sale from Monday 22nd January.
Find out more about the train at www.a1steam.com