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Phot BS: Tornado!/Newly Built Class A1 Steam Loco (133* d) RE: BS: Tornado!/Newly Built Class A1 Steam Loco 25 Apr 10


Here are the latest tour dates for Tornado.

Saturday 24th April - 'The Tyne-Tees Tornado' - Gloucester - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Gloucester (Tornado York - Newcastle-upon-Tyne - Durham coast route via Stockton and Hartlepool - Darlington) - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Sunday 25th April - Wednesday 5th May - Locomotion: National Railway Museum at Shildon. Private event on Sunday 25th April; special event Saturday 1st to Monday 3rd May, details tbc; Tornado will be on exhibition at other times.

Saturday 8th May 'The Cathedrals Express' (London Kings Cross to York and return) - promoted by Steam Dreams

Saturday 15th May - 'The Canterbury Tornado' - London Victoria to Canterbury and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Saturday 22nd May - 'The Cathedrals Express' (LondonEuston to Chester and return) - promoted by Steam Dreams

Friday 28th May - 'The Great Eastern Explorer' - London Liverpool Street to Norwich and return - promoted by Amethyst Experience Ltd.

Saturday 29th May - 'The Bath & Bristol Explorer' - Tornado heads west from Kent to Bath and Bristol - promoted by Amethyst Experience Ltd.

Monday 31st May - 'The Canterbury Tornado' - London Victoria to Canterbury and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Thursday 3rd June 'The Cathedrals Express' (London Kings Cross to York and return) - promoted by Steam Dreams

Saturday 12th June - 'The Canterbury Tornado' - London Victoria to Canterbury and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Wednesday 16th June - 'The Purbeck Tornado' (London Waterloo to Swanage and return) - promoted by UK Railtours

Sunday 20th June - 'The Cathedral Express' Father's Day Luncheon and Dinner promoted by Steam Dreams

Thursday 24th June - 'The Border Raider', Tornado's first northbound trip over Shap' (Euston to Carlisle and return) - promoted by the A1 Trust, bookings though Steam Dreams

In a change to the planned date in April, Tornado will now be tackling the legendary climb up Shap bank from the south for the first time on the 24th of June. Alas, operational issues led to the decision to postpone the run. However, the change of date means that Tornado will run all the way back to Crewe rather than un-hooking at Hellifield. This ground-breaking train cannot be booked online so please Click here to download the booking form or 'phone Steam Dreams on 01483 20988, bookings accepted for the April trip will be reserved for the 24th June (if this date is not suitable please contact Steam Dreams to discuss further).

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is pleased to confirm details of its first tour of 2010. Book now if you want to join Tornado as she travels north to Carlisle over the fearsome Shap Bank and takes in the fabulous scenery of the Cumbrian Fells and the Settle & Carlisle railway, all in one day!

In 2009 Tornado ran three sell out tours over the world famous Settle & Carlisle line, and to satisfy demand, the Trust is once again taking the locomotive over this route on Wednesday 21st April 2010. In addition, the locomotive will also work for the first time from Crewe to Carlisle via the West Coast Main Line, having to compete with the long arduous climb over Shap Bank before descending down into the Border city. The tour departs behind a modern electric locomotive from London Euston and calls at Watford Junction, Milton Keynes and Tamworth along the route to enable as many people as possible to join us for the day. Tornado joins 'The Border Raider' at Crewe and will haul the train along the West Coast Main Line direct to Carlisle. With around two and a half hours in Carlisle to visit the castle or museum, or just have a relaxing lunch in one of the local restaurants, the return tour will depart from Carlisle and head over the famous Settle & Carlisle line with its many tunnels, lofty viaducts and magnificent views. From Hellifield, our train runs to Crewe where Tornado is unhooked before returning to London via all outward stations behind a (less!) modern locomotive. Both these routes were haunts of the A1 class in the 1950s when working to and from Scotland, so once again Tornado will be providing a spectacular day out, and will also recreate history, all in the same day.

Bookings for this tour are being handled by the Trust's agent Steam Dreams. Ticket prices start at 89 per person in Standard Class, First Class non-dining is 129 per person and Premier Dining is 189 per person. Childrens' tickets are available at a 10% discount to these prices. Please note that credit card bookings will attract a 2% charge and debit cards a 1% charge. Alternatively you can complete and return a booking form, together with a cheque, and your booking will not be subject to any additional charges.

Saturday 26th June - 'The Bristolian' - (Bristol to London Paddington and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Sunday 4th July - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Saturday 10th July - West Midlands (Tornado from Bristol) to Carmarthen and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Sunday 11th July - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Monday 12th July - Friday 16th July - Tornado visits the West Somerset Railway

Saturday 17th July - 'The Solent Tornado' - Bristol to Salisbury and Eastleigh and return - promoted by Ranger Trains

Sunday 18th July - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Sunday 25th July - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Monday 26th July - 'The Midland Tornado' - London Victoria (Tornado from Gloucester) to Leicester and return via Midland Main Line - promoted by UK Railtours

Thursday 29th July - Tuesday 10th August - Bluebell Railway 50th Anniversary Celebrations

Saturday 14th August - 'The Cathedrals Express' (London King's Cross to York and return) - promoted by Steam Dreams

Saturday 21st August - Hampshire (Tornado from Bristol) to Plymouth and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Sunday 22nd August - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Saturday 28th August - 'The Bristolian' - (Bristol to London, Paddington and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Saturday 11th to Sunday 12th September - Bristol to Falmouth and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Monday 13th September - Friday 17th September - Tornado visits the West Somerset Railway

Sunday 19th September - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Saturday 25th September - Hampshire (60163 Tornado and 6024 King Edward I from Bristol) to Plymouth and return - promoted by Pathfinder Tours

Sunday 26th September - 'Torbay Express' - (Bristol to Kingswear and return) - promoted by Torbay Express Ltd.

Friday 22nd October - Doncaster to Edinburgh & return - promoted by Pathfinder

Wassail!! Chris


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