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Thursday, 11 November 2010

Britannia and Tornado

This post (11th November 2010) is comprised of four pics from two contributors with the focus on two famous steam locomotives Britannia and Tornado.
Robert Riddles' 'Britannia' class 4-6-2 locomotives hit BR metals between 1951 and 1954 - there were 55 in total. They were designated class 7; first in the class was No.70000, Britannia.
The 'A1' class of 49 locomotives was designed by the LNER Chief Mechanical Engineer A. H. Peppercorn. However, the class was delivered after the LNER had been nationalised to form part of British Railways at the start of 1948. All were scrapped between 1962 and 1966. In 1990 a group of enthusiasts gathered to form the 'A1 Steam Locomotive Trust' with the objective of building a new Peppercorn 'A1'. The Trust's 4-6-2 locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, appeared under its own power in 2008.
Both locomotives were on 'our patch' on Tuesday 9th November and Jeff Nicholls and Geoff Monks were on hand to photograph them at Bank Quay Station.
The first, from Geoff Monks, shows Tornado and support coach passing through the station.
The second and third pics are from Jeff Nicholls and Geoff Monks, respectively. Jeff's shot of Britannia, liveried in black and without cabside numbers and nameplates, depicts the loco with support coach; WCRC class 47, 47500, out of camera shot, was on the rear.
Geoff's pic shows the trio more clearly with the class 47 to the fore followed by the support coach and Britannia.
The fourth pic from Jeff shows both locomotives in the station, concurrently. "When did this last happen; two 'Pacifics' at Bank Quay" asks Jeff.

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