World famous 100mph steam train Tornado coming to Bristol - how to see it

The legendary locomotive appeared in Paddington 2 and on Top Gear
The 60163 Tornado steam locomotive is visiting Bristol (Photo: Robin Coombes)The 60163 Tornado steam locomotive is visiting Bristol (Photo: Robin Coombes)
The 60163 Tornado steam locomotive is visiting Bristol (Photo: Robin Coombes)

A world famous steam locomotive will make a rare appearance in Bristol later this year.

The 100mph steam locomotive No.60163 Tornado has made history running over 100,000 miles, hauling royal trains and reaching 100mph - the only steam train to have reached that speed in over 50 years.

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While Tornado may look like something from a bygone age, it is in fact only 15 years old and is famed for being the only main line steam engine built in the UK since the 1960s.

Tornado is also recognisable from Top Gear special ‘Race to the North’ when Jeremy Clarkson took to the shovel, and from Paddington 2, aiding the Brown Family’s rescue of everyone’s favourite bear.

It will visit Bristol as part of special train journeys taking passengers to Devon and Shropshire.

On September 28, ‘The South Devon Express’ will pause for passengers at Bristol Parkway before roaring out of Temple Meads, for a nostalgia filled trip to the English Riviera, following Brunel’s Great Western Railway.

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Alternatively, ‘The Welsh Marches Express’ leaves Bristol Temple Meads on Sunday October 1 and navigates the rolling countryside of the Welsh-English border en route to Ludlow and Shrewsbury.

Prices start at £115 for a return journey. Bookings can be made online at 21stcenturysteam.co.uk.

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