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.
PLEASE VIEW LARGER
70 -300 zoom @ 127mm
F4.5 for 1/1250sec