Pictured: The first steam train built for 50 years makes maiden journey


Blackleaf
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At the risk of upsetting a few silly environmentalists, the first steam train to be built in Britain in almost 50 years made her maiden voyage yesterday - and it brought back memories of the golden age of the railways.

The Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, based on the locomotives built by Arthur H. Peppercorn for the London and North Eastern Railway in the late Forties and later scrapped by British Rail in the Sixties, thundered through the cities and glorious countryside of northern England yesterday on her 90-mile journey from York to Newcastle.

Passengers paid 99 for the 90-mile inaugural run from York to Newcastle upon Tyne and back. For many of the enthusiasts, however, the five-hour round trip was worth every penny.

Below is a glorious picture of the train travelling through the city of Durham, over the magnificent Victorian viaduct, built in the 1850s. What a sight it would have been for anyone watching from one of the nearby houses.

Let's hope our humourless masters in Brussels don't hear about this.....

Pictured: The first steam train built in Britain for 50 years makes its maiden journey


By Daily Mail Reporter
01st February 2009
Daily Mail

It is a scene from a bygone age - one of sooty railway platforms and smoke-filled waiting rooms.

Yesterday afternoon, the Tornado - the first steam locomotive to be built in Britain for close to 50 years - undertook its maiden journey.

Thousands packed the platform at the National Railway Museum in York to wave the train on its way as it departed in a triumphant plume of steam at 12.07pm, hauling 13 carriages behind it.


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Maiden journey: The Tornado pictured 75 miles into Saturday's journey and entering Durham from the south on the city's spectacular Victorian viaduct.

Seats were reserved for around 450 VIPs who had helped to raise the 3 million needed to build the steam engine from scratch.

Each paid 99 for the 90-mile inaugural run from York to Newcastle upon Tyne and back. For many of the enthusiasts, however, the five-hour round trip was worth every penny.

One passenger said: 'It was a moment that took me back to watching black and white movies, such as Brief Encounter.


Fans: Thousands wait on the York platform to watch the steam train depart (click for much larger picture)


The 18-year project to build The Tornado proved a labour of love for a group of railway enthusiasts who decided to build a new engine from scratch in 1990 (click for much larger picture)

As I stood on Platform Ten beneath the clock at York Station, the smell and the sounds of the train's arrival evoked another world. Its whistle blasted and the whole platform was engulfed in smoke, which smelt like a glorious open fire.'

The 18-year project had proved a labour of love for a group of railway enthusiasts who decided to build a new engine from scratch in 1990. They donated 1.25 a week - then the price of a pint of beer - for nearly two decades.

It was a peppercorn fund - appropriate enough for Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, based on the locomotives built by Arthur H. Peppercorn for the London and North Eastern Railway in the late Forties and later scrapped by British Rail in the Sixties.



Onlookers capture the moment The Tornado sets off, evoking the sounds and smells of a bygone era (click for much larger picture)


The last A1 steam locomotive Saint Mungo made its final journey on the same stretch of track on December 31,1965.

With steam trailing behind them, those travelling on the new train - which reached speeds of up to 75mph - enjoyed the dramatic views sipping champagne.

The Grade II-listed viaduct, which comprises 11 semi-circular arches 60ft wide and 76ft high, was designed by engineer Richard Cail.


The train carried 450 VIPs on its inaugural journey from York to Newcastle Upon Tyne and back (click for much larger picture)

He worked alongside Thomas Elliot Harrison, the railway company's engineer-in-chief, on the masonry-fronted arches and brick soffits, which reach across Durham's King Street in an elegant curve.

Work began on the viaduct in 1855 and was completed in 1857.

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Last edited by Blackleaf; Feb 1st, 2009 at 01:46 PM..
 
Spade
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A steam train makes her maiden voyage! Where will it go after it loses her virginity? And, the mind boggles at the thought of how that would be done!
 

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