Tornado - March 2020

Tornado

The Wensleydale Railway in assocation with the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust are pleased to announce a number of special running days with Locomotive 60163 Tornado on the Wensleydale Railway.

The new build steam locomotive Tornado may look like something from a bygone age but it was, in fact, completed in 2008, built from scratch by a dedicated team of volunteers. In the last decade the engine has found fame on large and small screen, appearing in the PADDINGTON 2 movie and starring in Top Gear’s ‘Race to the North’. Tornado is also famed for reaching 100mph in secret night time tests in 2017, making it the first steam locomotive to reach such high speeds since the 1960s.

Planned Events

5th March - Driver Experience & Cab Rides
Take control of Tornado and drive from Leeming Bar to Leyburn and back, or simply come along for a cab ride and see what it takes to drive a thorobread steam locomotive.

 

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6th March - Afternoon Tea
Enjoy and afternoon tea while gliding through the wonderful scenery of Wensleydale behind a beautiful steam locomotive.

 

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7th March - Yellow Timetable with Afternoon Gin & Rum Festival

Regular service trains with Tornado plus a Gin & Rum festival on the afternoon train, with new product launches, meet the maker sessions and over 50 different Gins & Rums available.

 

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13th March - Yellow Timetable
Regular service trains with Tornado.

 

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14th March - Wensleydale Whirlwind II

Repeat of the non stop run from Northallerton West to Redmire, possibly the longest run on a preserved railway in the country, or even the world.

 

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15th March - Grand Vintage Dales Tour
Complete the missing link with tornado hauling a train from Leeming Bar to Leyburn and then a vintage bus from Leyburn to Hawes and Garsdale, with a picnic basket too.

 

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