The A1 Trust has planned its most vigorous programme ever for 2018, both of mainline tours and visits to heritage railways.
So after nearly eight years A1 Pacific No 60163 Tornado is back at the East Lancashire Railway over the Easter holiday, running an intensive service, prebookable only, with a price premium.
I was on the first service on the Saturday morning. The train was moderately loaded, though later trains were fully booked. Performance on a preserved line will never startle, but with the redoubtable Frank Cronin at the regulator, we stormed up the long climb to Heywood near to line speed all the way with eight Mark 1s.
A great taster for the Ebor Express in two weeks time!
© Peter Hewitt's Transport Pictures