Steam train Tornado thunders through Doncaster Railway Station

Tornado 60163 steam locomotive pictured as it passes through Doncaster from London KX to Edinburgh. Picture: Marie Caley D5060MC
Tornado 60163 steam locomotive pictured as it passes through Doncaster from London KX to Edinburgh. Picture: Marie Caley D5060MC

A small crowd of rail enthusiasts gathered at Doncaster Railway Station on Tuesday (June 11) as steam train Tornado thundered through.

Tornado set out from London King’s Cross station and headed north to Edinburgh at 6.40am – on the same route as the famous BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on board – pausing to collect passengers at Peterborough, York and Darlington.

The train, with a maximum speed of 75 mph, passed through Doncaster station at 9.56am. It was expected to stop at the station’s platform eight to take on water, but instead the cream liveried carriages clattered through leaving many disappointed.

After a break in the Scottish Capital the train was expected to head south covering the 393 miles to London.

This will be the first time a blue liveried peppercorn class A1 will have arrived at Edinburgh Waverley station since the 1950s. Passengers in premier dining received a traditional silver service throughout the journey based upon an Anglo-Scottish menu.