With the strong winds sweeping the country as I write, the above sounds far from good news! However, this "Tornado" is very welcome - No.60163, the first main line locomotive to be built in Britain since 1960, and the star of an episode of 'Top Gear' which featured an unprecedented race to Edinburgh (repeats available on TV channel "Dave", until the end of time).
"Tornado" races along the railway the class was designed and built for - the East Coast Main Line - in 2009.
The official announcement is below. Congratulations to Paul for this achievement!
EASTER WITH TORNADO 2012
Join the NVR and Celebrate Easter 2012 in Style with A1 No 60163 TORNADO!
TRAVEL BEHIND A1 No 60163 TORNADO AT THE NVR
Friday 6th April 2012, Take to the Regulator on a Driving Course with Tornado (Booking Essential)
Saturday 7th to Monday 9th April 2012 Travel behind Tornado along the Nene Valley Railway
• Special Fares
• Travel behind Tornado on Mk1 Coaches
• Real Ale Bars at Wansford and on the Train
• Tornado Souvenirs
• Line side Passes available
Dine in style aboard “The Fenman” hauled by A1 No 60163 TORNADO
Saturday 7th April departing Wansford at 19:00
Enjoy a evening meal served at your seat aboard “The Fenman” hauled by A1 No 60163 Tornado
• Welcome Drinks
• Three Course Meal served at your seat
• On Train Bar
• A Unique opportunity to Dine in style whist travelling behind Tornado
• £29.95 per head inclusive of Rail fare (Booking Essential)
Further details of the visit will be posted on the web site this week.