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Steaming Tornado Whooshes Through Town

The Tornado steam engine and carriages whoosh through Whitchurch, Hampshire

The Tornado steam engine and carriages whoosh through Whitchurch, Hampshire

Whitchurch saw the blur that was the country’s newest steam engine, the Tornado, as it whooshed through town today on a St. Valentine’s day journey from London Waterloo.

Enveloped by steam - white out!

Enveloped by steam - white out!

It looped around the countryside, returning via Southampton and Winchester before passing through Micheldever on its way to Basingstoke and back to London Waterloo.

The Tornado passes near Micheldever

The Tornado passes near Micheldever on its return to London Waterloo

The boys loved the plume of hot, white steam that engulfed them on top of the bridge as the train passed beneath.

A huge crowd had turned out on the bridges and at the station to watch it pass.  Indeed, everywhere we went, we saw people perched to watch.  A plane was even tailing it to get a bird’s eye view!
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