Tornado steam train spotted at Preston and Bamber Bridge Railway Stations

Posted on - 20th October, 2021 - 4:15pm | Author - | Posted in - Bamber Bridge, History, Nostalgia, Preston News, Preston Railway Station, South Ribble Locations, South Ribble News, Transport
Pic: Paul Yates

The Tornado steam train today visited Preston and Bamber Bridge Railway Stations to the delight of residents.


The LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado is a steam locomotive completed in 2002 by a team of volunteers, with a top speed of 100mph, the first to reach such speeds since the 1960s.

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Pic: Paul Yates

Built in Darlington Locomotive Works by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the train appeared in the film Paddington 2 and Top Gear’s Race to the North and was named by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19 February 2009.

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Passengers after spotting the Tornado. Pic: Paul Yates

Preston and Bamber Bridge residents took to Twitter to share their excitement at having seen the train, as well as some photos showing the locomotive in action.

Colin Ward said: “Went to see this beauty this morning at Preston Railway Station.”

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Pic: Colin Ward

Pixelshedtweets said: “Saw the 60163 Tornado today at Bamber Bridge railway station! Absolutely amazing.”

Pic: Pixelshedtweets

Nina Lockwood said: “We have a very special visitor at Preston station this morning. 60163 Tornado looking all shiny and gorgeous.”

Pic: Nina Lockwood

The Tornado is also featured in the BBC documentaries, Absolutely Chuffed – the Men Who Built a Steam Engine and Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine.

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Pic: Paul Yates

Named in honour of the crews who flew RAF Tornado Jets in the 1990/91 Gulf War, the Tornado originally bore Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment and RAF Cottesmore crests but now carries crests bearing RAF Leeming and RAF Marham.

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