The Tornado locomotive prepares to pass through Swindon

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Steam traction enthusiasts should be in line for a real treat when Tornado returns to the Great Western mainline.

The locomotive makes its first trip through Swindon for several years when it hauls the Cotswold Venturer Rail Tour on June 18.

Tornado is famous for being the first new steam locomotive to be built in the UK since 1960 when British Railways Standard Class 9F 92220 Evening Star was completed at Swindon Works.

After its completion in 2008, the locomotive was officially christened by His Royal Highness Prince Charles a year later.

The locomotive is currently owned by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and the engine cost well over £1million to complete.

The Cotswold Venturer is operated by the Railway Touring Company and will travel the following route: London Paddington, Oxford, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Evesham before arriving in Worcester.

The return journey will see the train leave Worcester for London via Cheltenham, Kemble, before joining the GW main line at Swindon.

The times are as follows (departure/return)

• London Paddington: 07:40/20:50

• Swamp: 8:10 a.m./8:20 p.m.

• Reading: 8:35 a.m./7:55 p.m.

• Didcot: 09h00/19h30

• Worcester: 12:00 p.m./4:30 p.m.

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