PHOENIX KEEPS VIP VISIT ON TRACK
The Bodmin and Wenford Railway is gearing up for its most historic event ever – the arrival of the Tornado steam locomotive this summer.
Tornado is the first and only steam train to be built in Britain this century and is constantly making headlines news – from appearing in Top Gear, with Jeremy Clarkson, to being the star of the BBC 2 documentary Absolutely Chuffed.
But plans for its first Cornwall visit looked like being put on hold when questions were raised as to whether the train would be able to fit around the tight bend on the track.
And that’s where Phoenix came in. Cornwall Development Manager Darren Harvey, who is based at the company’s Bodmin branch, takes up the story: “There’s a very high curvature on the track and because of the size of Tornado there was some doubt as whether it would be able to navigate this.”
Darren met the team from the railway and was confident that he could help. Together with Technical Director Rob Judge, he gave on-site training with a Total Station and GPS unit and then hired out the relevant equipment so organisers could survey the track.
“And the good news was that the survey confirmed the train would be able to fit around the corner so it’s literally full steam ahead.”
Graeme Bunker, Operations Director at the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust added: “Crossing the Tamar is the last piece in the jigsaw for Tornado and its adventures on the national network. We’re delighted to be coming to the heritage line at Bodmin, where we can show off our wonderful engine to the West Country public.”
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