Tornado coming to Suffolk

SUFFOLK: A powerful Tornado will be heading through Suffolk tomorrow at speeds of up to 75mph.

But there should be no danger to life or limb – unless you’re a trainspotter attempting an image to die for!

The newly-built replica steam locomotive A1 Pacific locomotive Tornado will be hauling its first-ever railtour through the county when it heads the Great Explorer from Liverpool Street to Norwich through Ipswich and then back to the capital via Thetford, Ely and Bury St Edmunds before returning to the main line at Haughley.

It is due to pass through Ipswich station just after 12.20pm and to return through the town just after 7.15pm. The station is Star photographers will be recording the progress of the train through the town, but we also want to see your pictures of this historic visit.

Tornado did visit Ipswich in September last year just before it pulled the British leg of the “Winton Train” from Parkeston Quay to London.

It was pulled into Ipswich to turn around but although it was in light steam to allow its wheels to turn and its brakes to operate, it was not actually pulling the train itself.

This will be the first time it has pulled a railtour with paying passengers through the region. It is also the first local tour organised by new rail company Amethyst Experience.

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However it sold out very quickly – and seems certain to prompt further similar excursions through the area over future months and years.

Already Amethyst Experience is preparing a railtour from Ipswich to Minehead on the West Somerset Railway on August 7.

That will be diesel-hauled, but the last 22 miles will give passengers the opportunity to ride behind steam on Britain’s longest standard-gauge preserved railway.

Send your pictures of Tornado heading through Suffolk to Suffolkpicturedesk@archant.co.uk

What are your memories of steam in Suffolk? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk

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