A1 Tornado to take part in fundraising steam service

LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado'
New build engine will join 150th birthday celebrations of Walton Railway Station
Published Thu, 2017-08-03 14:15

LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado' will make history when it arrives in Walton-on-the-Naze to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the town’s railway station next weekend. 




LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 'Tornado' © Les Chatfield

For the first time, rail enthusiasts will have a chance to hop aboard a steam special for a return journey from London Liverpool Street to Walton.  Once in Walton, the train will then run to and from the town of Colchester five times, giving 1,500 visitors an opportunity to enjoy the historic trip. 

Thousands of people are expected to take a trip on the Tornado hauled service and spend 12th August at the seaside town, where a fireworks display will round off the day’s entertainment at 21:00hrs. 

Event organiser Mark Platt, chairman of Tendring Council said: “It’s an opportunity for Walton to shine and an opportunity to remind people of how Walton used to be a rail destination.  Commissioning the train from London to Walton is a major achievement and, because it’s a non-stop service, rail enthusiasts get very excited, so we’ve had interest from other countries already, such as Holland.”

Proceeds from the day, and specially-made Tornado mugs, are being donated to Mr Platt’s chosen charity, St Helena Hospice in Clacton. 

A London return ticket will cost passengers £99, while a return from Walton ranges between £17.50 and £80 for a family of four. 

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