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‘Steamy’ Tornado book launched

News   •   Nov 05, 2010 10:55 GMT

Tornado, the steam engine that took 18 years, 2000 volunteers and nearly £3million of fundraising to build, is the subject of a brand new book written by Guardian journalist Jonathan Glancey published this month.

The engine is now a ‘regular’ on the East Coast Main Line pulling passenger holiday tours. Launched by HRH Prince Charles, a steam fanatic himself, Tornado pulls the Royal Train around the UK! It has also been featured on BBC’s Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson sat on the footplate in a vintage race from Edinburgh to King’s Cross.

Tornado’s moments of fame, the story of its recreation and the history of the original engine – the A1 Peppercorn – are now rolled up in this new book called: ‘Tornado: 21st Century Steam’.

“The great thing about steam, according to one of the engine’s original apprentices who still helps out as a volunteer today, is that everyone loves it as much now as they did in the 1960s. He says he regularly pulls into stations and gets teenage girls taking pictures on their mobile phones to send to friends!” said Howard Johnston, publisher.

The Tornado book has been published in time for the Christmas market. Priced at £24.99 it is available from the engine’s dedicated book website:

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