The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind famous new steam locomotive 60163 Tornado, is delighted to announce the first train of its 2014 season with the recreation of ‘The White Rose’ express.
‘The White Rose’ was the premier train from London to Yorkshire in the post-war period and this railtour will showcase Tornado at her best, providing nearly 400 miles of travel behind the now famous star of BBC Top Gear’s ‘Race to the North’.
Following her winter maintenance period, new build steam locomotive Tornado, which was completed in 2008, will be hauling her first main line railtour of 2014 on the Saturday 12th April from London King’s Cross to York and return. We are pleased to confirm that the carriages will be in the historic carmine and cream livery and those passengers in premier dining on ‘The White Rose’ will receive a traditional silver service throughout the journey. We expect there to be much fast running at the permitted maximum speed of 75mph
Heading north covering 189 miles along the East Coast Main Line, Tornado will stretch her legs along the line once frequented by the original Peppercorn class A1s, taking in the magnificent sights of the spring countryside heading towards the picturesque and historic City of York. Pick-ups will be made along the way at Potters Bar, Stevenage and Peterborough. On arrival at York passengers will have time to explore the wonderful city, with its famous Minster and National Railway Museum, before boarding ‘The White Rose’ for its return leg to London.
Tornado will be hauling a limited number of main line railtours during 2014, the overwhelming majority of which will be promoted by its owning group with all profits going towards the upkeep of this magnificent locomotive. Consequently, space on this train is likely to be at a premium and so an early reservation is recommended.
Tickets for the ‘The White Rose’ are priced at standard class (adult £99.00, junior £74.00), first class (adult £139.00, junior £104.00) and premier dining (adult £225.00, junior £168.00) with all profits going to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Tables for two in first class and premier dining are available for a supplement of £25.00 per person.
Bookings by debit or credit card are via ticket agents Pathfinder Tours on 01453 835414/834477 or through www.a1steam.com.
Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented: “We are very pleased to announce our first main line railtour of 2014 with ‘The White Rose’. Tornado will be hauling fewer main line trains during 2014 than in previous years as we look to expand our own exciting railtour offerings, so we anticipate that seats for this train will sell out rapidly. This is a classic Peppercorn class A1 run from London King’s Cross to York, offering magnificent sights and sounds that will accompany a fast, express working – an experience not to be missed”