Tornado Stream Train Walton

The Tornado Stream Train will make history when it arrived in Walton to commemorate the town rail station’s 150th anniversary August 2017.  For the first time people will have a chance to hop aboard a steam special for a return journey from London Liverpool Street to Walton railway station.  Once in Walton, the train will then run to and from Colchester Town five times, 1,500 visitors took the opportunity to enjoy an historic trip. As well as raising funds for St Helena Hospice, in the wake of the Grenfell Tower tragedy one carriage of the train has been donated to London boroughs to give seats to disadvantaged families.

Tornado Stream Train Walton on the Naze

Tornado Stream Train Walton on the Naze

Thousands of people spend 12th August at the seaside town, where a fireworks display will round off a day’s worth of entertainment at 21:00hrs.  Rail enthusiasts are expected to gather on station platforms across Essex to watch the Tornado steam non-stop from London Liverpool Street to Walton to herald the start of a whole host of activities across the town, and celebrate the station’s 150th anniversary. Event organisers Mark Platt, chairman of Tendring Council, and Edward Bell, founder of Love to Shop Local, said they wanted to hold an event to celebrate the railway’s landmark anniversary while also showcasing the best of local business. Mr Platt said: “It’s an opportunity for Walton to shine and an opportunity to remind people of how Walton used to be a rail destination.  Commissioning the train from London to Walton is a major achievement and because it’s a non-stop service, rail enthusiasts get very excited, so we’ve had interest from other countries already, such as Holland.”

steam train at Walton-on-Naze Station

A steam train at Walton-on-Naze Station during the period of local electrification

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust mission: “To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1
Pacific steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use.”
The last of the renowned Peppercorn ‘A1’ steam locomotives was scrapped in 1966, but now a brand new ‘A1’, No. 60163 Tornado, has been brought to life.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust – a registered charity – has built a completely new ‘A1’ to the original design and with the help of the latest technology. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line railway.

Supporters around Tornado at Annual Convention 2003
We have thousands of supporters and the backing of the best of British business – including William Cook Cast Products, Rolls-Royce, Corus and BAe Systems – helping to raise the £3m needed to complete Tornado.

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