VIDEO: Doncaster designed loco Tornado breaks down on special excursion

A historic steam locomotive that was designed in Doncater has broken down while running a special excursion on the East Coast Main Line.

Sunday, 15th April 2018, 12:10 pm
The Tornado loco.

The Tornado engine was running on the East Coast Main Line yesterday between London King's Cross and York when a problem developed and it was forced to stop at Peterborough.

It arrived in York several hours late after being hauled by a diesel engine.

Mark Allatt of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust described the breakdown as "frustrating and disappointing.

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"We don't know what's happened, so we'll find out.

"We got to 90mph earlier in the run, that's one thing anyway."

The £3m locomotive is owned by a trust and was built by a group of rail enthusiasts in Darlington and Doncaster over an 18-year period.

When it entered service in 2008 it was the first steam engine to be built in Britain since the 1960s.

It is a recreation of the A1 class was designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway and 49 were built in 1948 and 49.

However, following dieselisation, all were scrapped by 1966.