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Locomotive steams through tunnel

The Tornado
The Tornado attracts thousand of enthusiasts wherever it goes

The first main line steam engine to be built in Britain for 50 years has steamed through the Severn Tunnel.

The Tornado locomotive visited the West Country and Wales for the first time.

The £3m engine hauled two special Severn Coast Express excursion trains from Bristol, through Gloucestershire and into Cardiff.

In February, the 170-tonne Tornado made its first long-distance passenger trip to London and was later officially named by the Prince of Wales.

The locomotive was designed by Arthur Peppercorn, the last chief mechanical engineer of the London and North Eastern Railway.

In 1990, the Darlington-based charity A1 Steam Locomotive Trust started the campaign to build a new operational steam train for the East Coast line, which resulted in the new engine.

Thousands of railway enthusiasts have turned out to see its inaugural runs.

It will run on the West Somerset Railway for the first two weeks of June.



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