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News round-up (2), 2017

New Build Steam

Photo by Graeme Bunker-James

60163 Tornado
For the second news round-up in a row, the lead item can only possibly be Tornado. The A1 has become the first steam locomotive to run at 100mph in the UK since the end of steam on British Rail. The run was undertaken in the early hours of Wednesday April 12th, as part of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s programme of work, with DB Cargo and Network Rail, to get 60163 certified to run at 90mph in service. The process requires running at 10% above the target speed, to demonstrate a margin of safety. The A1SLT hopes to have certification completed by the end of this year, with 90mph running on service trains to follow in 2018, allowing for faster paths to be booked on the ever-busier main line rail network.

The last recorded run at 100mph prior to Tornado’s was on BR’s Southern Region…

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