TRAIN enthusiasts will be able to ride behind Britain’s newest steam engine when it pulls into Lancashire this Easter weekend.

The East Lancashire Railway will be hosting 60163 Tornado from March 29 to April 2. Completed in 2008, the train has featured on Top Gear as well as on film in last year’s Paddington 2, and is capable of reaching speeds over 100 mph.

Visitors will be able to take pictures of the train before enjoying a trip along the 12-mile track through the Irwell Valley.

It will also be the first time the iconic engine has been reunited with LMS Hughes Fowler ‘Crab’ - a regular East Lancashire Railway engine, which also featured in Paddington 2.

Mike Kelly, chairman of East Lancashire Railway, said: “Tornado is Britain’s fastest and newest locomotive - created because, as a nation, we have a real passion for steam.

“Paddington 2 saw both Tornado and our very own ELR engine, The Crab, take a starring role, introducing a whole new generation to steam trains.”

Tornado and the locomotive will depart from the station at various times across the five days. Visit