Tornado heads for South East Cornwall

By Cornish Times in Transport

Today, Spring Bank Holiday Monday will see the first new mainline express steam locomotive to be built in Britain since 1960 passing through South East Cornwall on a special rail tour.

It will be the locomotive Tornado’s first visit to the county but, as advertised in recent weeks in the Cornish Times, the engine – which is of a similar design to the famous Flying Scotsman and is a new-built replica of a class of engines used on the East Coast Mainline from London Kings Cross to Scotland from the 1940s-60s – will be running on the preserved Bodmin and Wenford Railway, on the hilly stretch from Bodmin Parkway to Bodmin General, for the rest of the week from May 31 to June 4.

Monday’s rail tour, however, which has been named The Cornishman after a crack express train of the steam era, and which will be starting at London Paddington at 8.03am, will see the engine passing through Plymouth, Saltash, St Germans, Menheniot, Liskeard, Bodmin Parkway and Lostwithiel stations non-stop at mainline speed en route to Par, where it is due to arrive at 1.50pm, and finally Penzance, where it is due at 2.48pm.

The Cornishman rail tour will be returning the same day behind diesel power but Tornado’s stay at Bodmin has attracted so many advance ticket bookings that the preserved railway has had to arrange an extra day of haulage by the engine on Wednesday (May 31). 

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