MIXED BLESS­INGS FOR TOR­NADO AT NORTH YORK­SHIRE MOORS

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2008-built ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado’s visit to the North York­shire Moors Rail­way was a dou­ble-edged sword, with the lo­co­mo­tive’s first trains can­celled be­cause of snow. The Pep­per­corn ‘Pacific’ fol­lowed in the foot­steps of Royal Scot and Fly­ing Scots­man in head­lin­ing the NYMR’s sea­sonopen­ing event (March 3-11), but heavy snowfall, amid ‘The Beast from the East’, forced the rail­way to can­cel the ‘A1’s’ first week­end of ser­vices on March 3/4. The en­su­ing thaw meant that Tor­nado was able to com­plete the rest of its sched­uled turns. Tor­nado’s de­par­ture by rail, to the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way’s Spring Steam Gala on March 16-18, was halted af­ter a lorry struck a bridge on the Esk Val­ley line. The ‘A1’ in­stead reached the SVR by road. De­spite the is­sues, No. 60163 reached a ma­jor mile­stone at the NYMR, achiev­ing 100,000 miles in ser­vice while haul­ing the last train of the day on March 11. Ap­pro­pri­ately, this took place on the rail­way where WD 2-10-0 No. 3672 ‘Dame Vera Lynn’ be­came the first steam lo­co­mo­tive in preser­va­tion to at­tain the same fig­ure, in 1998.

JOHN HUNT

‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado in a bliz­zard as it de­parts Goath­land on March 8.

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