'Tornado' on flying visit to Didcot Railway Centre

Tornado steams in to Didcot landmark

An iconic steam engine named Tornado has been drawing in the crowds at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. The brand new locomotive is modelled on the original Class A1s which were scrapped half a century ago.

After nearly twenty years of planning and construction - as well as fundraising £3 million - the new engine is now in operation on our main line and heritage railways. She was named Tornado by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall.

"It's been a dream to steam story for us really, from the first ideas on the back of an envelope through to a completed locomotive. Fantastic for everyone."

Rob Moorlands, Engineer

This is Tornado's first public outing of the year and has attracted people from across the country.

Ann Middleton from Didcot Railway Centre said: "This will be Tornado's fourth visit to the centre. Tornado remains ever popular, and we look forward to welcoming her supporters and fans. It's a great chance for people to get up close and personal with Tornado as well as ride behind her and watch the locomotive on our demonstration line."