By Cedric Johns
ENGINEERS are continuing to work on Tornado with the aim of getting the 4-6-2 cleared to head the first of a series of ‘North Briton’ excursions on February 9, taking in the Settle and Carlisle line.
Working in conjunction with DB Cargo’s fitness-to-run engineers, attention is being paid to both the A1 and its support coach at Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway.
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Although not main line certified as this issue closed for press, the 4-6-2 has been operating Santa specials on the NVR. In addition to driver experience courses, it is due to work Winter Warmer Mince Pie Specials on December 29-30.
According to owner and builder The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, it is hoped the locomotive will have a main line test run in late December or early January. There is also the matter of obtaining a ticket for the support coach.
The ‘Christmas Border Raider’ which was booked to run on December 1 has now been rescheduled for April 13.
Equally Pathfinder Tours’ December 15 ‘Chester Chuffer’ will now be worked by a different locomotive – most likely Bulleid West Country light Pacific No. 34046 Braunton.
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