Market Lavington Museum

Tornado in Lavington

Market Lavington witnessed a Tornado on Thursday 29th November 2012. Actually not many people witnessed it as it traversed the parish at a speed of about 60 miles per hour. It caused no damage of any kind – except, perhaps, a little environmental pollution. For Tornado, in this case is a steam locomotive and it was hauling a special train from London to Bath. She made a fine sight crossing the Market Lavington embankment with steam billowing down over the carriages.

Steam loco RTornado on Lavington embankment - 29th November 2012

Steam loco Tornado on Lavington embankment – 29th November 2012

Tornado is Britain’s newest steam locomotive. She was privately built to recreate a Peppercorn A1 class Pacific all of which were scrapped when British Railways got rid of steam power. It took 19 years of hard graft before Tornado finally ran under her own steam power in 2008. She started hauling main line specials in 2009. Tornado’s blue livery is brand spanking new. The repaint into this colour was only finished in November.