The age of steam

The train arriving at Kings Cross was thirty minutes late.

But then, dear reader, this was on the 7th February 2009. Trains are expected to arrive late so there was no point in complaining.

This was “The Talisman”, a £30,000,000

steam train financed and built by enthusiasts from all over and took eighteen years to complete. After the critics said the project would never be completed!

Although the BBC have called it “The Tornado”, readers will see from my photograph above that it is not the name on the front of the train. (I have since received a comment explaining that the train is called “The Talisman” and the engine alone is called “The Tornado”. All very confusing. As the engine arrived pulling the carriages, I will keep the name of “The Talisman”.)

These are just a small amount of the enthusiasts awaiting the arrival of this special train. The crowds stretched from the entrance, where it was the most dense, all the way up both sides right to the end of each platform! There were a lot of people there, believe me! When we decided to leave, it took us ten minutes to get out of the platform entrance! It was bitterly cold but for the onlookers here, I doubt if a single person noticed!


  1. #1 by Anonymous on Saturday, 7 February 2009 - 11:07 pm

    Tornado is the name of the engine (albeit with no nameplates yet), The Talisman is the name of the train, in the same way that The Golden Arrow was a boat train service to folkestone

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