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Makeover for model steam engine

Makeover for model steam engine
08 March 2019

A MINI version of the jewel in Darlington’s engineering crown has returned to its rightful place after undergoing a makeover.

A scaled down model of steam locomotive Tornado has been a focal point on Feethams roundabout, in the town centre, in recent years.

The full-size version, which was built in Darlington between 1994 and 2008, was the UK’s first new steam locomotive for almost 50 years.

Mini Tornado has been given some TLC, including a fresh coat of paint, at Darlington Locomotive Works, in Hopetown Lane, the headquarters of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, where Tornado was built.

Councillor Chris McEwan, Deputy Leader of Darlington Borough Council and Cabinet member for Economy and Regeneration, said: “It’s great to see the mini version of Tornado looking its best again.

“Tornado is one of our most iconic exports and the model symbolises one of the things that makes us proud of Darlington. We’ve all driven past it countless times when going round Feethams roundabout and it was in need of some attention.

“I’d like to thank everyone from the trust, as well as the council’s Street Scene team, who have helped get the model looking its best again.”

Mark Allatt, a trustee of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, said: “As we celebrate No. 60163 Tornado’s return to the main line we are delighted that her Mini-Me’s refurbishment has been completed and that it is once again installed on Feethams roundabout in the heart of Darlington.

"We would like to thank Terry Graham and James Heingbottom for their assistance in its overhaul. People wanting to see or travel behind Tornado should visit for more details.”

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