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First steam engine built in Britain for 50 years takes to the tracks | Mail Online
Wednesday 21 Jan 2009, 10:22
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First steam engine built in Britain for 50 years takes to the tracks | Mail Online.

Railway history was made today when the first steam locomotive to be built in Britain in almost half a century took to the tracks.

Enthusiasts painstakingly assembled the Tornado, based on a design that vanished from the network in the 1960s, over the course of 18 years.

And their dream was at last fully realised when the engine carried its first passengers on the historic Great Central Railway in Loughborough, Leicestershire.

The Tornado, the first steam loco to be made in this country since 1960, has been undergoing tests at the GCR for the past two months.

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