Saturday, February 07, 2009

Tornado in London

No, this is not a weather report. The brand new steam locomotive, A1 Class 60163 "Tornado" made its first long distance revenue earning trip from Darlington to London. This report makes much of the fact that it took "twice as long" as a modern train. However, to be fair to the steam locomotive's timing it had to stop three times to replenish its water supply. When steam trains regularly pulled main line expresses they had the capability to scoop water up from troughs or pans laid down between the tracks. These have been long removed.

If you would like to see a particularly good photo of the locomotive, Flickr member freefotouk has one! Should you be wondering, Peppercorn was the name of the chief engineer who designed the original A1 Class.