Gallery: Tornado causes a stir as she passes through Welwyn Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 12:29 09 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:54 26 October 2009

Photo by Ivor Williams.

Photo by Ivor Williams.

TRAIN enthusiasts have contacted the WHT to share their experience of Tornado passing through Times Territory. Tornado, the first main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain for 50 years, hauled her first

TRAIN enthusiasts have contacted the WHT to share their experience of Tornado passing through Times Territory.

Tornado, the first main line steam locomotive to be built in Britain for 50 years, hauled her first long-distance passenger train - The Talisman - from Darlington to London King's Cross on Saturday.

The train passed through Welwyn North, WGC, Hatfield and Potters Bar and was greeted by hundreds of interested onlookers at each station.

Ivor Williams, from Guessens Road, WGC, said: "It was very nostalgic, the last time I saw a steam train in WGC I was only three years old.

"My wife said seeing The Talisman was just like a scene from The Railway Children with all the people in the train waving at us!"

He added: "We watched from the top level of the Howard Centre car park.

"It was well worth the hour long wait in the freezing cold!"

Gary Payne, also of WGC, said: "I'm not a train person but would not have missed this."

Did you see the Tornado on Saturday? If so email your pictures and thoughts to whtimes@archant.co.uk

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