Ride behind the “Tornado” steam locomotive on the Great Central Railway in 2022!



The Great Central Railway (GCR) has announced running days when visitors can ride behind the new steam locomotive designed by London and North Eastern Railway, Peppercorn A1 Class No.60163 “Tornado”.

“Tornado” was recently moved to the GCR following the withdrawal of mainline services after tire punctures were detected during a racing ability test (FTR).

On hire from GCR, the 60163 will appear a number of days to carry a variety of trains, including:

The master cutler

On Friday January 7th and Friday January 14th, passengers enjoy a five course meal and while traveling along the GCR behind “Tornado”, passing and stopping at the beautiful Swithland Viaduct overlooking the Charnwood Forest.

For more information or to reserve your place, please click here.

Race weekend

Working alongside members of the GCR Domestic Fleet, you can travel behind the 60163 for three round trips at the 2022 standard fare on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 January 2022.

Want to add to the experience, why not enjoy an Afternoon Tea. For more information or to reserve your place, please click here.

Credit: Richard Pearson

Fish and Chip Trains

Who can say no to a Fish and Chips dinner on a Saturday, especially when traveling behind “Tornado”! Looks like the perfect night out, you can book your seat on the train on Saturday 8 or Saturday 15 January 2022 and get more information, please click here.

East Coast Weekend

Want to experience the atmosphere of the East Coast Mainline from the early to mid-1960s? Why not take part in GCR’s East Coast Weekend on Saturday January 15 and Sunday January 16, 2022.

With “Tornado” working alongside the British Railways (BR) Standard Class 5 # 73156, British Class 55 “Deltic” # 55019 “Royal Highland Fusilier” and a diesel railcar recreating the 1960s environment For more information or to book your tickets now, please click here.

While ‘Tornado’ is due for overhaul, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is seeking overhaul support for 60163 to ensure the engine can run in the long term, please consider donating to ‘The Overhaul Club’ of the Trust here .

For more information to support the Great Central Railway (GCR), please visit their website here.

Do you like the featured image? You can get it as part of our Deluxe Edition of our visit to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway for their annual Steam Gala 2021. Pre-order prices end soon, click here for more information.

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