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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Mon Nov 26, 2012 4:46 pm

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Xplumberlives wrote:Looking forward to seeing Tornado in blue! :D


Me too :D :D :D Hope to get to East Croydon (where she is scheduled to stop, to pick up some more passengers) to take some pics.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Mon Nov 26, 2012 5:32 pm

I'm sure shell be working an excursion up this way sometime soon! ;)
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:46 pm

'Route & Timings' now confirmed for tomorrow's Excursion to Bath and Bristol:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t12/t1129a.htm

Additionally, here are the details from Network Rail (via the 'Steam Dreams' website) which also give you the Platform Number at the 'stopping' Stations (very useful!):

http://www.steamdreams.co.uk/executable ... de=Timings

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 2:05 pm

Saw 'Tornado' at East Croydon this morning. She looks absolutely magnificent in her 'Blue' livery. A couple of pics and a video will follow, in due course.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Fri Nov 30, 2012 12:25 pm

34053 wrote:Saw 'Tornado' at East Croydon this morning. She looks absolutely magnificent in her 'Blue' livery. A couple of pics and a video will follow, in due course.

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'Tornado' arrived on Platform 6, East Croydon Station, at 10.15 am yesterday morning with the 'Cathedrals Express' from London Victoria to Bath and Bristol. I had investigated as to where I should take my pics/video and decided that the best vantage point would be from the adjacent elevated roadway and Taxi Rank, rather than from the Platform itself. (Even had a nice chat with a Cabbie while I was waiting and who also was interested in seeing the Locomotive arrive). This was an excellent position and also had the 'bonus' of being able to clearly see the 'Double Chimney' on this Locomotive.

Here are a couple of pics:
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....and the short video:


Hope you like them.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:23 pm

Bravo Ray, you picked a good spot. Well done! :ymapplause:
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Dan4th » Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:50 pm

She is Lovely in Blue, PW!

Thank you for including us :ymapplause:

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Sun Dec 02, 2012 3:11 pm

Here is another (longer) video clip I have found on YouTube. Filmed from Platform 6, by the bearded gentleman at the front of the Locomotive, who features in my pics and video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcuVbsD8j08

[How pleased I am to note the absence of the usually compulsory 'dead' Diesel Locomotive at the rear of the train!].

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Aceyone » Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:23 pm

Great stuff :ymapplause:
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Thu Dec 06, 2012 1:30 pm

The penultimate Main Line Excursion by 'Tornado', this year is:

- Monday 10th December: 'The Cathedrals Express' [Peterborough-Huntingdon-Stevenage-Camden Road-Winchester and return (via Willesden Junction and Hertford North)].

For details of the Route and Timings, click on the link below:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t12/t1210a.htm

As always, please check these Route and Timings details again nearer/on the date if you plan to see her, en route.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Thu Dec 06, 2012 3:08 pm

Thanks Ray, it was already in my diary, but the timing has moved forward a little! ;)
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:07 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Thanks Ray, it was already in my diary, but the timing has moved forward a little! ;)


My pleasure! Only too pleased to be of assistance. You will certainly enjoy the amazing sight of 'Tornado' in her 'Express Passenger' BR Blue livery. There will be plenty of more opportunities to see her in this colour, as she will remain in this livery all of next year and then throughout the 2014 'Season'. She will then revert to her 'Apple Green' livery.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Fri Dec 07, 2012 12:11 pm

All things being equal I should have some pictures to post, subject to favourable weather conditions! ;)
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:52 pm

Well, here it is, the FINAL (Scheduled) Main Line Excursion for 2012 by 'Tornado'.

Saturday 15th December: 'The Cathedrals Express' [Ashford International-Tonbridge-Orpington-Bromley South-Kensington Olympia-Willesden Junction-Norwich (via Stevenage, Cambridge and Ely) and return].

For details of the Timings and Route, please click on the link below:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t12/t1215a.htm

As always, please check again nearer the date/on the date itself, in case there are any last minute changes, etc.

I hope that you have been able to see one or two of these Excursions during this year and I look forward to bringing you the details for 2013, in due course.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby RLN » Tue Dec 11, 2012 5:57 pm

Thanks for all the reminders, PW. I'll be at work, so I'll miss her again.
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:46 pm

Just when I thought that it ws all over for this year, I have just noticed that 'Tornado' is hauling an Excursion tomorrow, replacing 70000 'Britannia' due to 'gauging issues'. This is another 'Cathedrals Express' [Rainham (Kent)-Dover-Rainham (Kent)] via Kent, Surrey and South London. Click on the Link below for full details:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t12/t1223a.htm

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 12:18 pm

I was expecting this to be the time to give you details of the first Main Line Steam Excursion of 2013 for 'Tornado' next Friday (1st March): 'The St David's Day Cathedrals Express' from London Victoria to Swansea and return. Unfortunately, I see that this has been 'Cancelled'.

The next scheduled Excursion is on Saturday 9th March: 'The Cathedrals Express' from London Paddington to Plymouth and return. No detailed 'Route/Timings' information available as yet. I will post them here when they are.

Out of interest, 'Tornado' has undergone some 'routine' maintenace work during her 'Winter Lay-up' at Southall. This included the re-lining of the Cylinders; an interesting procedure, as shown upon the link below (Report dated 13th February 2013):

http://www.a1steam.com/index.php?option ... Itemid=123

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Mackrick » Fri Feb 22, 2013 7:30 pm

Thanks for the update :ymapplause:
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Mon Mar 04, 2013 6:12 pm

- Saturday 9th March: 'The Cathedrals Express' [London Paddington-Plymouth and return]

For details of the Route and Timings, click on the link below:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t13/t0309b.htm

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 2:38 pm

Saw Tornado on the webcam at Dawlish. Screenshot caught her sounding whistle. She looked nice in blue. Just to see her for real sometime.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Mar 09, 2013 4:56 pm

This is a fantastic shot taken by Ken Rayner from Hungerford and posted on BBC South weather gallery :ymapplause:

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Sat Mar 09, 2013 5:59 pm

Such a shame the shot has been "PLAYED" with! :-o
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Jigsaw » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:20 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Such a shame the shot has been "PLAYED" with! :-o


Not really. The effect is impressive and looks bloody good imo.
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Minty4371 » Sat Mar 09, 2013 9:24 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:Such a shame the shot has been "PLAYED" with! :-o

I too don't like it. Spoils it :-o
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Sun Mar 10, 2013 1:12 am

Jigsaw wrote:
Xplumberlives wrote:Such a shame the shot has been "PLAYED" with! :-o


Not really. The effect is impressive and looks bloody good imo.




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