A1 Peppercorn Pacific 60163 used in Paddington 2 to pass through Bristol

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Train enthusiasts will have several opportunities to see an iconic locomotive pass through Bristol later this year.

The A1 Peppercorn Pacific 60163, known as the Tornado, has been repainted green for the first time since 2012 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Trust which operates it.

Following its new paint job, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust – the registered charity that built, owns and runs the train – is resuming its 2020 touring programme across the UK.

The first chance to see the locomotive, which appeared in 2017 film Paddington 2, in Bristol will be on Saturday, November 14, when it travels from Bristol Temple Meads to Chester.

There will be a second opportunity to see it in all its glory on Tuesday, December 8 when it makes its way from London to Bath and Bristol on ‘The Bath and Bristol Christmas Express’.

Steve Davies MBE, Chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, said: “As part of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s 30th Anniversary celebrations – and in recognition of the inspiration gained from this final survivor – we have repainted No. 60163 Tornado in BR locomotive green for the first time since 2012.

“This historic livery will be carried by the locomotive until her next overhaul which is now scheduled for 2022.

“We are grateful to Craftmaster Paints for their continued sponsorship of the painting of Tornado and to David Smith and West Coast Railways for completing such a fantastic job of repainting Tornado into BR locomotive green in such a short time.”

About the Tornado

The newly constructed Peppercorn class A1 60163 Tornado
The Peppercorn class A1 60163 Tornado was completed in 2008

In 1990 a group of enthusiasts came up with the idea of building a new locomotive from scratch using the drawings of the A1’s designer Arthur H Peppercorn.

Work started in 1994 and the loco was completed in Darlington in 2008. It celebrated its tenth year in service in 2018.

It is the only new steam locomotive which has been built since the end of steam powered locos in the UK and the first to reach 100mph for more than 50 years.

It has also featured in Top Gear’s ‘Race to the North’ as well as in Paddington 2.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust was founded in 1990 to build a new Peppercorn class A1 ‘Pacific’.

The Trust is now working hard to get Tornado back onto the main line and has announced the dates which make up the remainder of its touring programme.

More precise timings will be announced nearer the time.

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2020 programme

Below are the journeys Tornado will be making between now and the end of 2020.

Saturday 12th September – ‘The Queen of Scots’ – York to Edinburgh & Stirling and return

Saturday 19th September – ‘The Ticket to Ride’ – Darlington to Liverpool and return

Saturday 3rd October – ‘The Easterling’ – London King’s Cross to Lowestoft (RTC)

Saturday 14th November – ‘The Cheshireman’ – Bristol Temple Meads to Chester (RTC)

Saturday 21st November – ‘The Cheshireman’ – London to Chester and return (RTC)

Tuesday 24th November – ‘The Gloucester Christmas Market and Cardiff’ – London to Cardiff and return (RTC)

Saturday 28th November – ‘The Yuletide Express’ – Ealing Broadway to York and return (RTC)

Thursday 3rd December – ‘The Worcester Christmas Fayre’ – Norwich to Worcester and return (RTC)

Saturday 5th December – ‘The Lincoln Christmas Express’ – London to Lincoln and return (RTC)

Tuesday 8th December – ‘The Bath and Bristol Christmas Express’ – London to Bath & Bristol and return (RTC)

Saturday 12th December – ‘The Edinburgh Christmas Market’ – York to Edinburgh and return (RTC)

Thursday 17th December – ‘The Christmas White Rose’ – Cambridge to York and return (RTC)

Saturday 19th December – ‘The Christmas White Rose’ – London to York and return (RTC)

2021 programme

A number of trips for the locomotive have also been lined up for 2021.

Saturday 27th March – ‘The Fens and Fells Flyer’ Cambridge to Carlisle and return

Saturday 3rd April – ‘The Aberdonian’ – Edinburgh to Aberdeen and return

Saturday 10th April – ‘The Caledonian’ – Birmingham to Edinburgh and return

Saturday 8th May – ‘The Cumbrian Explorer’ – Darlington to Carlisle and return

Saturday 15th May – ‘The Jorvik Express’ – Liverpool to York and return

Saturday 22nd May – ‘The Pennine Explorer’ – Leicester to Carlisle and return

All tours can be booked through the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s website, or by calling 01325 488215.

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