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Tornado at the BWR

Tornado at the BWR

Event Date: 31st May 2017- 4th June 2017

Tornado at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway! 31st May to 4th June 2017

Tickets for the visit of 60163 Tornado to Bodmin & Wenford Railway from 31st May to 4th June are on sale now. There has been high demand for tickets with 31st May added as an extra date given the level of interest in being part of this historic event. Ticket options range from standard travel behind the iconic locomotive to First Class, and bookable compartments for families and small groups. Luxury dining train tickets and footplate experiences are now sold out.


Making history

Tornado is the first and only steam locomotive to be built in Britain this century and the first main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain since 1960 when British Railways ceased construction of steam engines. It recently attracted the interest of the national media once again when the engine reached record-breaking speeds of 100mph, and earlier in the year when it hauled the first passenger trains for the re-opening of the Settle and Carlisle line, where members of the public flocked in their hundreds to be part of the spectacle.

Similarly, the visit to Bodmin & Wenford will make history for both the engine and the Railway. The event marks Tornado’s first visit to Cornwall where it will be the biggest ever steam locomotive to run on the Bodmin & Wenford line, Cornwall’s only full size railway still operated by steam locomotives. The Bodmin & Wenford Railway has the steepest gradients (3 miles of 1 in 40) of any standard gauge heritage railway in Britain, making it the perfect place to witness the stunning sight and sounds of a steam locomotive hard at work on regular passenger trains.

Event information

Tickets for travel also include free transport on a vintage bus shuttle service from the designated event parking, so the experience starts in style. On arrival at Bodmin General, with all the charm of a 1950s Cornish branch line station, there will be the chance to browse the exhibition marquee featuring a selection of the finest local and locomotive makers, producers, suppliers and organisations. Cornish cream teas are available to pre-order to enjoy aboard, featuring scones from Baker Toms and Trewithens Cornish clotted cream. After the trip behind Tornado, travellers will have ample time on the station platform to capture photographs with the iconic locomotive.

The Railway will also be showcasing some of its own fleet of heritage engines on proud static display for visitors, creating a unique opportunity to see 60163 Tornado, the newest and largest British locomotive alongside the smallest (Judy, from Port of Par) and the oldest express passenger locomotive (the National Railway Museum's T9, 30120). Read more here.


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“We’re very proud to be able to bring Tornado to Bodmin, and very pleased that it’s already generated so much interest, putting the spotlight on Cornwall. It’s a great opportunity to welcome back those who’ve visited our Railway before and introduce new people to the excitement and nostalgia of steam travel as part of this special occasion.”

Chris Hatton, Railway Manager

 "Crossing the Tamar is the last piece in the jigsaw for Tornado and its adventures on the national network. We are delighted to be coming to the heritage line at Bodmin, where we can show off our wonderful engine to the West Country public."

Graeme Bunker, Operations Director at the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust