Tornado returns to Settle-Carlisle route

27 March 2024
Following completion of a major £1m overhaul, A1 class, No. 60163 Tornado will return to the national network this summer.

Through 2022 and 2023, No. 60163 has been in the workshop receiving significant engineering maintenance, as well as the world's first fitting of digital signalling equipment to a steam locomotive.

Now, as the locomotive concludes that work and enters its proving period, 21st Century Steam has announced Tornado’s first tour. Travelling from the city of Leicester, calling at East Midlands Parkway, Chesterfield, Doncaster and Leeds on Saturday 29th June, passengers will be treated to a steam train excursion over the Settle to Carlisle railway. 

Tornado will be active throughout the UK in 2024 and into 2025. The regular programme of ‘The Aberdonian’ tours in Scotland will run from July to September and there will be further tours announced across the country. It is planned for this programme of trains to enable passengers from the North East, South East and West Midlands to enjoy a steam hauled special train headed by Tornado.

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