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Tornado event stirs up a storm of interest – with extra date just announced!

Tornado event stirs up a storm of interest – with extra date just announced!

Published: 10th May 2017

Following a storm of interest in the upcoming visit by steam locomotive 60163 Tornado to Bodmin & Wenford Railway at the start of June, the Railway have added an extra date to the visit which will now include train trips on 31st May in addition to 1st to the 4th June. The extra date will give even more locals, visitors and enthusiasts the chance to see the iconic locomotive on Cornwall’s only full size heritage railway still operated by steam locomotives.

Ahead of the visit steam locomotive no. 30120 has returned to Bodmin from a tour of Up Country heritage railways in time to be on display when 60163 Tornado comes to the B&WR. Tornado was built in 2008, so 109 years separate these two speedsters of the steam age. The comparisons do not end there. 30120 (engine and tender) is almost 64 feet in length, 60163 is 73 feet in length. 30120 (engine and tender) weighs in at 96 tons, 60163 at 166 tons. Their driving wheels are 6' 7" and 6' 8" in diameter respectively.

No. 30120 was built as a T9 Class 4-4-0 for the London And South Western Railway in 1899. It was one of the fastest express passenger engines of its era, and the whole class were known as "Greyhounds". In its British Railways days it often hauled the famous Atlantic Coast Express on the Cornish section of its journey from London Waterloo to Padstow. 30120 is a remarkable Victorian survivor. It is the only one of its class still in existence, and is on permanent loan to the B&WR from the National Railway Museum.

In addition, the Railway will also be showcasing another of its own locomotives from the fleet of heritage engines.  Judy, from Port of Par will be on proud static display for visitors, creating a unique opportunity to see 60163 Tornado, the newest and largest British locomotive alongside one of the smallest and one of the oldest express passenger locomotives.

All ticket types for 31st May to 4th June trains are now on sale, and pre-booking is essential. 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.

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