Sunday, September 29, 2013


Iain correctly guessed that the driving wheels in the arty shot in yesterdays post were from Tornado, which was one of four locos in steam yesterday at Barrow Hill. When I arrived (I ended up arriving early so was about the 20th person through the gate) Tornado was sat at the halt which the DMU service from Chesterfield uses. The first movement of the day was then a little shuffling around to put Tornado onto one of the other lines down near the signal box, where it would spend the rest of the morning, before switching on to the demonstration train in the afternoon

For those of you who don't know Tornado is actually a very modern steam engine. Most steam engines in the UK were built before 1968 when all steam locomotives were withdrawn from the national network. Work on building Torndao, however, only started in 1990 and she moved under her own power for the first time in 2008. You can read more about Tornado at the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust who were responsible for funding and building her.