Published: 22nd March 2017
After much excitement and anticipation, tickets for the visit of 60163 Tornado to Bodmin & Wenford Railway from 1st to 4th June have gone on sale. High demand to be part of this historic event is expected, with ticket options ranging from standard travel behind the iconic locomotive to First Class, dining and footplate experiences - the last of which gives passengers the unique experience of getting up close and personal with the sights, sounds and smells of steam by travelling in the engine itself!
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 when it hauled the first passenger trains for the re-opening of the Settle and Carlisle line last month, 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.
Chris Hatton, Railway Manager said: “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.”
Graeme Bunker, Operations Director at the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust said "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."