Going loco for Tornado at Scarborough station

Tornado pulls into Scarborough.
Tornado pulls into Scarborough.

Steam-train fans packed the platform at Scarborough station to see a Tornado whirl in.

The country’s newest steam loco, the 60163 Tornado, arrived in town on Saturday pulling 12 carriages, and pulled in the crowds too.

The Tornado was re-enacting the Scarborough Flyer service along the East Coast main line, from King’s Cross, London.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind the new steam locomotive, had previously brought Tornado to Scarborough, but only on test runs and at nighttime.

On Saturday scores of steam fans were able to get a close-up look. The train, which came via Potters Bar, Peterborough and York, stayed in Scarborough for three hours before returning to York, from where passengers took an electric service back to London.

The Peppercorn class A1 No. 60163 Tornado, completed in 2008, is Britain’s newest main line steam loco, and hauls historic carriages.

Adjusting the nameplate

Adjusting the nameplate

The Scarborough Flyer service was launched by the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) in the summer of 1927 to popularise Scarborough with Londoners. By 1935 it was the fastest express on the LNER, beaten only by the streamliners. After a wartime pause the Scarborough Flyer service survived until 1963.

Crowds at the station

Crowds at the station