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Full steam ahead for Tornado.

SCORES of passengers secured a place in history as they travelled on the first steam locomotive to be built in Britain for 50 years.

The pounds 3m Tornado left York station on its maiden, main line passenger journey and pulled into Newcastle's Central Station less than an hour later.

The project to build Tornado, a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific locomotive, was launched by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in 1990 and she was completed at Darlington six months ago.

A total of around 1,000 passengers took part in the historic trips from York to Newcastle on Saturday, and from Don-caster to Durham yesterday.

Saturday's train consisted of 13 carriages, adding up to 500 tonnes, and clocked up speeds of 75mph.

Huge crowds packed platforms nine and 10 of York station to watch the locomotive as it left with its first passenger carriage on its return to Newcastle.

The train is a copy of the one pulled by the last passenger steam engine, 60145 Saint Mungo, on 31 December, 1965, before it was scrapped.


ON TRACK: The Tornado steam train speeding along Durham City viaduct on its way to Newcastle
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 2, 2009
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