NEW-build A1 Peppercorn Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has landed a starring role in Paddington.
Tornado will be appearing at the legendary GWR terminus in the new Paddington 2 movie, about the famous abandoned bear which was left at the station.
The film, due to be released on November 10, will see the A1 paired with the Belmond British Pullman luxury vintage train.
Paddington 2 is a British-French family comedy film directed by Paul King, co-written by King and Simon Farnaby, and produced by David Heyman.
The film stars Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington), Hugh Grant (as Phoenix Buchanan, a faded and narcissistic actor), Brendan Gleeson (as Knuckles McGinty, a safecracker), Hugh Bonneville (as Henry Brown), Sally Hawkins (as Mary Brown), Julie Walters (as Mrs Bird), Jim Broadbent (as Samuel Gruber), Peter Capaldi (as Mr Curry), Madeleine Harris (as Judy Brown), Samuel Joslin (as Jonathan Brown), Imelda Staunton (as the voice of Lucy, Paddington’s aunt) and Tornado as itself.
No. 60163 took part in filming at Paddington station and at Leavesden Studios last December and in January.
The much-anticipated sequel to the worldwide hit family film finds the one-time lost bear Paddington happily settled with the Brown family in London, where he has become a popular member of the local community, spreading joy and marmalade wherever he goes.
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