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Darlington-built steam locomotive to feature in Hollywood film

Earlier this year the Tornado locomotive reached 100mph on Britain's mainline rail network, the first time a steam train has in 50 years Photo: PA images

A Darlington-built steam locomotive replica features in the latest Paddington film, which will be released later this year.

The Tornado stars in the new movie Paddington 2, alongside the Belmond British Pullman locomotive.

Paddington 2 will be released on 10th November and will star Hollywood names such as Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant and Julie Walters.

Graeme Bunker-James is a trustee and operations director for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust - the charity behind the engine:

Ben Whishaw gives the voice for Paddington in the first and second film, due out in November this year Credit: PA images

We were delighted to be asked to provide the Tornado for the filming of Paddington 2 alongside Belmond British Pullman – even more so as the locomotive stars as itself in the movie and is central to the plot.

We don’t want to give anything away and ruin any surprises, but suffice to say that Paddington gets into a number of sticky situations involving Tornado.

– Graeme Bunker-James, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

The £3m project to build the Tornado was completed in 2008 and earlier this year, the Tornado locomotive reached 100mph on Britain's mainline rail network, the first time a steam train has in 50 years.