2018 will be a busy year for new-build ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado, with visits to four preserved railways already lined up.
The 50th Peppercorn ‘A1’, which will be celebrating its tenth anniversary next year, is due to visit the North Yorkshire Moors, Severn Valley, East Lancashire and Nene Valley Railways during the first half of 2018.
Tornado will be the headline act at the NYMR’s season-opening event on March 3-11 (excluding March 9), and follows in the footsteps of both Flying Scotsman and Royal Scot which have performed the same duty in recent years.
The ‘A1’ will then visit the Severn Valley Railway for the line’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ on March 16-18, where it will line-up alongside visiting LNER ‘B12’ No. 8572 and unique Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT Bellerophon. A fourth visiting locomotive is expected to be announced in the next few weeks.
The ‘Pacific’ will then take up residence at the Nene Valley Railway on May 3-7 where it is expected to haul the NVR’s ‘Jolly Fisherman’ fish and chip specials, as well as be available for driving and firing experiences.