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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Mayfly » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:57 pm

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Spitfire » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:09 pm

Xplumberlives wrote:
Spitfire wrote:I can alomost hear the hissing and sighing of the beast in this pictire :D



REALLY!


Pedants revenge .....

Luckily for me you MISSED the other typo in the SAME sentence :ymdevil: :ymdevil:
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Fri Nov 06, 2009 3:10 pm

One is always enough!
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TSR-2 simply got the first 3 right. ”
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Sat Nov 07, 2009 2:39 pm

'Tornado' is heading 'The Thames Tornado' from Gloucester back to London Victoria today. Scheduled timings: East Croydon @ 1534; Victoria @ 1625.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Sat Nov 07, 2009 6:00 pm

~x( plop - if I'd known i could've told my Dad - he would've gone to look, if he's well enough :p

any other East Croydon line Tornado trips in the offing that you know of PW?

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Mon Nov 23, 2009 5:52 pm

Here is the Reminder about this week's Tornado Excursions ('The Cathedrals Express' by Steam Dreams) from London Kings Cross to York (and return) on Thursday 26th November and Friday 27th November. Use the links below for all Timings, etc. (they will be updated automatically, if necessary, with any subsequent changes to the schedule):

- Thursday 26th November: http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t09/t1127a.htm

- Friday 27th November: http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t09/t1127a.htm

As usual, 'to avoid disappointment (as they say!) always check the Timings the day before/on the actual day, just in case there have been any changes.

From my information, after this, there is only ONE more 'outing' on the Main Line for Tornado this year:
- Monday 21st Decmber: London Victoria to Folkestone (am and pm):
'The White Cliffs Luncheon Special' (am) and 'The White Cliffs Dinner Special' (pm) Again, the Tour Operator is Steam Dreams.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Sat Dec 19, 2009 2:53 pm

Here's your last chance this year to see 'Tornado' on the Main Line for this year. The Times for the morning and evening Excursions on Monday 21st December have only just been posted:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t09/t1221a.htm

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t09/t1221b.htm

Catch her if you can!


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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Sat Dec 19, 2009 3:18 pm

nowhere near me then! :((

i shall have to wait until next year to see her :(

thanks for the heads-up though PW :ymapplause:

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:27 pm

I heard on a London radio station this morning (LBC 97.3) that, following the travel chaos in London and the south east yesterday, 'A steam locomotive at Victoria Station helped to get passengers home'. Now, the only steam locomotive on the Main Line yesterday was 'Tornado' (see the two Excursions posted previously). However, I can find no mention yet on the 'world wide wait' about this. Can anyone assist? Thanks.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:58 pm

Sounds interesting P.W. will keep looking and will look on the RAIL NET at work tonight!!!!!


Found this on PPRUNE;

due to the weather last night and most electric trains not able to operate...

this note was passed to me when i was on board the steam train tornado
last night at london victoria station at 6pm

''hi there
i would like to thank the owners of the new tornado steam locomotive which was at london victoria station last night at 6pm which was doing a steam charter special to dover,

about 50 commuters including myself, who were trying to get home to bromley, swanley and maidstone in kent were unable to get southern or southeastern electric trains due to the weather and we saw a train on
departure board at platform 2 to maidstone via swanley...we didnt know it was steam until we saw the engine!

the operators of the steam train tornado said ''jump on'' and about 50 of us piled on as they were not quite full...

hats off to them and we all got home by steam train within an hour !

amazing that steam can run and new trains cant..!!
we also found out that tornado is actually a brand new steam engine !
thanks ''

well funny that init!!
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Tue Dec 22, 2009 3:55 pm

that says it all really doesn't it? =))

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:09 pm

Saracenman wrote:that says it all really doesn't it? =))

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PRECISELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many, many thanks for finding the info' XPL. What a fantastic way for 'Tornado' to end her 2009 Main Line Excursions!

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:11 pm

My pleasure P.W.
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:34 pm

Here we now have the 'Official' Version, from the A1 Trust's website:

'Tornado' Rescues Commuters Stranded by Snow
Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:31
Tornado, the first new main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain for almost 50 years, defied the arctic weather on Monday 21st December 2009 and hauled two of only a handful of trains operating in Kent. The new Peppercorn class A1 pacific’s 1940s technology was able to withstand the snow and ice that brought much of Southern England to a standstill and hauled ‘The Cathedrals Express’ from London Victoria to Dover and back. On the second trip Tornado was able to rescue around 100 commuters who had been left stranded by more ‘modern’ trains, dropping them off at stations en-route.

Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“Monday’s Cathedrals Expresses were Tornado’s last main line trains of her first year of operations. Not only are we delighted that she was able to brave the arctic weather to haul two of the few trains to run in Kent on Monday but we were pleased to be able to help some of London’s stranded commuters to get home in style.”

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:35 pm

BRILLIANT, just BRILLIANT!
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:42 pm

i had an email late last night from Mark Allatt - he's cock-a-hoop about Tornado 'saving the day' on her last trip of the year!

look at the column inches Tornado normally gets - this, I'm sure will only add to that! I'm not a "told you so person", but perhaps if the A1 Steam Trust/VTS alliance that i engineered (2 years and 9 days ago X( ) had been supported by 'certain people'............. X(

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Dan4th » Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:46 pm

I just think it's a shame 558 didn't get to
help out any stranded commuters........

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:48 pm

Is it 2 years and 9 days already?
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:41 pm

60163 'Tornado' Excursions 2010:

- January:
[No Excursions]

- February:
Sunday 14th (am) 'The Valentine's Day Special' [Paddington-Newbury-Westbury-Salisbury-Paddington]
Sunday 14th (pm) 'The Valentine's Day Special' [London-Guildford]

-March:
Monday 1st 'St David's Day Cathedrals Express' [London-Cardiff-Swansea] and return.

Use the link below for latest information, nearer the time:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/trs10.htm

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:52 pm

Thanks P.W.

Looking forward to seeing some steam up this way again!
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Sat Feb 06, 2010 2:15 pm

Hot News!!!: On 16th June 2010 'Tornado' will be travelling from London Victoria and Woking,through to Swanage and return via Woking, to London Waterloo. (Mama Wedgy and I were on that historic trip on 2nd May last year, behind BoB Class 34067 'Tangmere', which was the first steam hauled through passenger sevice from London to Swanage since 1967). Use the link below for more info':

http://www.ukrailtours.com/tourshow.asp ... ORNADO.txt

You will need to get booked in early, as this is bound to be very popular.

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Xplumberlives » Sat Feb 06, 2010 5:25 pm

Thanks P.W.
"All modern aircraft have 4 dimensions: span, length, height and politics.
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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Sun Feb 07, 2010 7:57 pm

\:D/ i will DEFINITELY be there! :D

thanks PW :ymapplause:

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby 34053 » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:08 pm

Saracenman wrote:\:D/ i will DEFINITELY be there! :D

thanks PW :ymapplause:

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That's great SM. Unfortunately, MW and I will not be on this particular trip otherwise we could have met up in Swanage. No doubt though I will see you again when I am on one of the forthcoming 'Volunteer Sessions'. Nearer the time, give me a reminder and I will check if Herston Works will be open 'to the public' that day and I can arrange for you (and any others who may be interested) to see how far 'SKP' has progressed by then. Even on foot, it's not far from Swanage Station (10-15 mins walk).

Talking about 'reminders', back to 'Tornado': Don't forget that her first 'Main Line' Excursion, after her annual examination at NRM York, is this coming Friday (London Paddington-Slough-Newbury-Westbury-Salisbury-Slough-London Paddington). See below for timings:

http://www.uksteam.info/tours/t10/t0214a.htm ('As always' ,check on this link the day before/on the day for any last minute changes)

Unfortunately, the planned afternoon trip (London Waterloo-Guildford-Surbiton-London Waterloo) has been cancelled .

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Re: 60163 'Tornado' Excursions

Postby Saracenman » Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:34 pm

absolutely PW - Swanage is but a stone's-throw from here, so it would be daft NOT to be there!

hopefully Wedgy, Dawnie and even LittleMissWedgy herself might be able to go along too :)

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