In 1990, a group of steam locomotive enthusiasts got together and formed the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with the intention of building a brand new A1 Pacific Steam Locomotive.
Some 19 years later the Tornado 60163 was completed at a cost of over £3m, the first steam locomotive to be built in the UK for fifty years.

After successful trials it is now running on the mainline and delighting thousands of passengers and people turn up at every station it visits in amazing numbers.

We have been fortunate to have it visiting Torbay every Sunday for the last few weeks from Bristol, as you can imagine, the seats are all sold out weeks in advance but it is a thrill to see it speeding down the line with the whistle blowing.

I took this image of it making it’s way alongside the River Teign near Teignmouth, it was moving fast, about 40 – 50 mph,
so I tried quite a few settings to get the required shutter speed to freeze the motion before the train was due.


Nikon D300
70 -300 zoom @ 127mm
ISO 500
WB Auto
F4.5 for 1/1250sec
CP Filter


  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    so awesome~ great capture!!!

  • Thank-you very much Cheryl, appreciated as always,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • Donna Adamski
    Donna Adamskiover 5 years ago

    That is so cool and an awesome looking train. Great capture of the steam and stop action. A beautiful scene as well. Bravo Rod…love it :)

  • Thank-you very much Donna, it was great to see it speeding down the line and so many people were cheering it on it’s way,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • jacqi
    jacqiover 5 years ago

    Lovely capture of the steam and the driver hanging out the cab and just look at that speed!

  • Thank-you so much Jacqi, I was amazed at how smooth this new steam train sounded, even at high speed,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 5 years ago

    a fabulous capture of this fine train, dawnx

  • Thank-you very much indeed Dawn, I’m not a particular train enthusiast but it was wonderful to see this one,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • Finbarr Reilly
    Finbarr Reillyover 5 years ago

    Excellent work my friend superb image. ;)

  • Hi Fino, thank-you very much, appreciated my friend,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • connieinwi
    connieinwiover 5 years ago

    Great capture Rod, I love trains…

  • Thanks so much Connie, this one was great to see, it was so fast and smooth running compared to the old steam trains,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 5 years ago

    Hello Rod
    Oh my I love this a great shot with stunning colour and steam!!
    Best wishes

  • Hi Tina, thanks so much my friend, it moves so much faster than I expected, I was glad that one of the photos I took worked out OK.,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 5 years ago

    Great image and info Rod

  • Thank-you very much Chris, and I’m not one of those guys with anoraks that follow steam trains all round the country, LOL.,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 5 years ago

    You got a better picture than we did Rod.
    I deleted all of mine.
    Anyway, well captured.

  • Thank-you very much Richard, it moves so much faster and quieter than the old ones but was great to see.
    We intended going over to Dawlish to get it passing through but time was getting on so we stopped at Teignmouth,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

  • ear-ear
    ear-earover 5 years ago

    Wow…even the guys on the plate…think it’s called that appear to be delighted to be there Rod..what a brilliant capture..bravo.xxxxxxxxxx

  • Thank-you very much Cyn, it was quite exciting to see it pass through with lots of onlookers cheering it on it’s way,
    Regards, Rod.

    – rodsfotos

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