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Plans on track for a successful event, and call for exhibitors to come aboard

Plans on track for a successful event, and call for exhibitors to come aboard

Published: 4th May 2017

We are putting the finishing touches to planning for the upcoming visit by iconic steam locomotive 60163 Tornado at the start of June by inviting submissions from potential exhibitors to form part of the special event.

Hannah Irwin, Visitor, Events & Marketing Manager at the Railway said: “The intention is to showcase and champion Cornish makers, producers and artists alongside relevant railway groups. It’s an exciting event for us, the town and the county to have Tornado here, and what better way to celebrate than sharing other local talent with the large number of visitors we’re expecting over the event. We’re holding our own mini warm-up to the Royal Cornwall Show, right here in Bodmin! I’d encourage anyone interested in exhibiting to contact me on hannah.irwin@bodminrailway.co.uk for more information.”

It has now been confirmed that 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 (Bodmin & Wenford Railway’s T9).

30120 at Bodmin & Wenford

Judy at Bodmin & Wenford

Bodmin General Station, with all the charm of a 1950s Cornish branch line station, plays host to Tornado and a selection of Cornish and Railway exhibitors at the start of June. Locomotives Judy from Port of Par and 30120 the T9 will also be on display.

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 – although the speed of travel will be considerably more leisurely through the Cornish countryside. 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.

All ticket types for 1st to 4th June trains are selling well, with high demand to be part of this historic event. Click here to book. Ticket options range from standard travel behind the iconic locomotive to First Class travel, bookable private compartments aboard for families and small groups, and a First Class evening dining train on Saturday 3rd June. Footplate experiences giving passengers the unique chance to get up close and personal with the sights, sounds and smells of steam by travelling in the engine itself proved particularly popular, selling out within 24 hours.

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