Tornado: The 100mph Steam Engine
The new BBC Yorkshire documentary, Tornado: The 100mph Steam Engine gives viewers a glimpse behind the scenes at the moment a British-built steam engine hit 100mph for the first time in 50 years.
Tornado, a British-built steam locomotive, was built over two decades in Darlington, financed by enthusiasts who wanted to show steam has a viable future on Britain’s railways. Almost 50 years since the last steam locomotive travelled at 100mph on a UK main line, Tornado attempted to recreate history by reaching the magic ‘ton’.
This documentary follows the team of volunteers making sure Tornado was in the shape of its life in the run up to the test train. Then, as the train crew took over and stepped onto the footplate, seven cameras were mounted on Tornado, giving insight into the excruciating test of man and machine in the early hours of 12 April 2017.
On its route, the Peppercorn class A1 steam train travelled from Doncaster through York, Northallerton, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle, before turning round and successfully accelerating to hit the 100mph mark in the dead of night.