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A steaming welcome for historic Tornado

LOCOMOTION: The National Railway Museum at Shildon welcomed Britain’s newest steam locomotive, Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado for a week of events.

The locomotive arrived at the museum site under its own steam last Saturday, and is now on display inside the Collection Building.

A knowledgeable team of volunteers from The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in Darlington have been on hand to tell Tornado’s story - from the discovery of the surviving drawing of the Peppercorn Class A1s right up to the present day. For a small charge, visitors have the chance to access Tornado’s footplate.

From Saturday to Monday, May 1-3, Tornado will be starring in a ‘North Eastern Giants of Steam’ gala event, offering the chance to see the locomotive in light steam and - for a small charge - access the locomotive’s cab.

Another Peppercorn-designed locomotive will also be in light steam - as the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s K1 class locomotive 62005 Lord of the Isles will be on display.

On Sunday and Monday there’ll also be an antiques, gifts and crafts fair in the Collection Building, with more than 20 stalls.

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