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West Coast takes on ‘Torbay’ and Tornado main line work

West Coast Railway Company (WRCR) has won more high-profile work after DB Cargo decided to reduce its main line steam activities. 

WCRC will operate this year’s ‘Torbay Express’ for Pathfinder Tours and Riviera Trains and, for the first time, will run several trains hauled by ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado after agreeing to act as Train Operating Company (TOC) for the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s programme of ‘Aberdonian’ trains. 

LMS No. 6233 Duchess of Sutherland is one of a trio of Pacifics booked to haul this year’s ‘Torbay Express’, which will now be operated by West Coast Railway Company. On March 9, the Stanier giant passes East Goscote between Melton Mowbray and Syston Junction with its first outing of 2019, the 06.41 ‘The Yorkshireman’ charter from Ealing Broadway to York. STEVE DONALD

Both Riviera Trains and the A1SLT will continue to work with DB Cargo, but the decision marks the end of both organisations’ exclusive arrangements with DBC. Difficulties in guaranteeing traincrew for steam charters is thought to be behind DBC’s decision. 

Read more in the April 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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