Miniature Tornado returns to Darlington roundabout

A scaled-down model of the steam locomotive Tornado has returned to its rightful place after undergoing a makeover.

The miniature Tornado, which is a focal point of the Feethams roundabout, has been given a fresh coat of paint at Darlington Locomotive Works – the headquarters of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

The venue on Hopetown Lane is the same place where the train’s full size counterpart was built between 1994 and 2008.

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.”

You can find out more about the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust on their website.

Source: Darlington Borough Council


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