A New Steam Engine Rides The Rails
For The First Time In 50 Years

Quite frankly, I didn't know where to put this steam engine story. I had planned to include some prototype information and train photos as time went on. This story accelerated my planning. If you have an interest in railroad steam locomotives I think you'll find this video clip fascinating. There are tourist railways and museums where engines have been lovingly restored by volunteers and operate over some trackage, but I am not aware of any railroad museum in North America going this far as to actually build a new engine from scratch. Talk about scratchbuilding!

I recently (2016) saw another story about a restored Flying Scotsman running.  A reminder that a real steam engine is alive and well somewhere. 

A friend of mine forwarded me this link on September 17, 2008. The link will take you to BBC news: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/7538348.stm Copy and paste it into your browser. Enjoy. These links were still working the last time I checked in January, 2016. 

 You can also go to this link. There was a story picked up by CTV news from the BBC on February 2, 2009 that the steam locomotive, Tornado, was about to accept its first paying customers. This link will take you to a story about the steam engine. Evidently, BBC2 is doing a documentary about it. Go to Tornado story.

Here's a November, 2008 video from the BBC of the Tornado in operation.

Martin Alborough of our Nottawasaga Model Railway club sent me this email on April 18, 2011: 

"Return of the King: It's taken 21 years and nearly ended marriages, but this 128-ton pile of scrap is now a work of art. This glistening heap of steel resembles a life-size version of Thomas the Tank Engine.It is even painted a similar shade of blue." Martin hails from England so, yes, he is very excitable!

Full story is at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1377917/Return-King-Its-taken-21-years-nearly-ended-marriages-128-ton-pile-scrap-work-art.html from the April 18, 2011 edition of the Daily Mail. Copy and paste this link into your browser.

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