A dedicated train of Mk 3s cascaded from East Anglia is planned for ‘A1’ steam locomotive 60163 Tornado. The train is expected to enter service towards the end of 2019.
The locomotive’s owning body, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, also says that it will undertake test runs in 2017 to pave the way for 90mph operation on selected routes, with the full support of operator DB Cargo.
The Trust says the Mk 3s will be extensively refurbished and fitted with Controlled Emission Toilets, at-seat power sockets, and that configuration is being given to equipping them with WiFi.
Although the final configuration of the train is yet to be decided, it will include kitchen vehicles to provide meals for up to 250 First Class dining passengers, a new support coach, and a service vehicle with generator and staff accommodation. The train will also carry sufficient water to extend the steam locomotive’s range to around 200 miles.