Tornado’s seaside shuttles dogged by trespassers

TRESPASSERS caused delays to main line services when A1 Peppercorn Pacific No. 60163 Tornado headed a special charity train to Walton-on-the-Naze to mark the 150th anniversary of the railway arriving in the resort.

LNER A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado climbs Bethnal Green bank out of Liverpool Street with the ‘Walton Pier Express’ on August 12. ANDREW SMITH

Once the main tour from Liverpool Street had arrived at Walton on Saturday, August 12, a series of five shuttles carrying around 1500 passengers were run behind Tornado to Colchester Town, before returning to London.

Tornado’s visit had been organised by Tendring District Council chairman Mark Platt to raise money for St Helena Hospice in Colchester. However, echoing major problems with lineside trespass on the East Coast Main Line and afterwards elsewhere when A3 Pacific No. 60103 Flying Scotsman returned to the national network, operator Greater Anglia received reports of similar infringements – in some cases on the line near Walton – by members of the public trying to glimpse Tornado.

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