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Train honoured in roundabout way
The Tornado Roundabout replcia
Like steel making, spitfires and the humble friction match before it, the Tornado has been immortalised on a Teesside roundabout

One of the region's most famous creations has been immortalised in its home town.

Like the Thornaby Spitfire or the Stockton friction match, a replica of the Darlington built steam train Tornado 60163 has been placed on a roundabout near Feathams.

It replaces a model of a GNER train which had fallen into disrepair.

The Tornado is the first new steam train to be built in the UK for almost 50 years.

Financial advisor Martin Fishburn has an office overlooking the roundabout.

Rusty old model train
Flowers were planted in the old train before the floor rotted and collapsed

He says its a big improvement:

"The old train that was in there was a bit rusty and decrepit, it was looking a real mess.

"Now I see that it's great, it looks wonderful.

"It's obviously the Tornado, that's topical, it's great for Darlington."

The idea to build a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific train was conceived in 1990, and 18-years later the Tornado 60163 moved under its own power for the first time.

It was featured in an edition of the BBC show Top Gear, when it raced a Jaguar XK120 car and a Vincent Black Shadow Motorbike from London to Edinburgh.

It also escorted the world's fastest ever steam train Mallard when it was taken from the National Railway Museum in York to Locomotion in Shildon.




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