A BEAUTIFUL steam train named ‘Tornado’ has whizzed through West Wales as part of a special coastal journey which went as far as Tenby before turning around and heading back eastwards.
Crowds gathered along the route through Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire. At times the Tornado was travelling at high speed so it was difficult to get a close look. Those who were fortunate enough to be at the station stops got a great view of the train, complete with vintage carriages occupied by some very lucky passengers.
Photographers, film makers and train spotters could be seen on vantage points in Llanelli along the Millennium Coastal Path and at Burry Port on the bridges trying to get a memento of the 60163 Tornado’s journey.
The train is a main line coal-fired steam locomotive built in Darlington, County Durham, England. Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways in 1960.
Pics and video. Lee Fox, Scott Morgan and Noah Evans