The steam engine Tornado is making news currently heralding the impending re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle railway line to normal through workings. A landslip of some 500,000 tons resulted in the line being closed near Armathwaite on 9th February 2016 meaning passenger rail services from Leeds could only go as far as Appleby and thence by bus to Carlisle. No freight services could run at all. The line is expected to reopen fully at the end of March. For 3 days Tornado is operating the service from Skipton to Appleby with 8 coaches at the normal rail fare of approx £17 return. This has proved so popular that practically all the tickets have been sold and has featured on all the national news and the daily press.

The good news for us here in Devon is that we will be able to see Tornado passing through Dawlish on Bank Holiday Monday May 29th when it heads a special train from Paddington to Penzance. It’s return run date has yet to be advised.