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The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 25 2 2012

The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express 25 2 2012

It's the only new steam train in 40 years... and Charles the Prince of Rails gets first drive The Prince will ride on the footplate as the 105-ton engine pulls the Royal Train – with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as a passenger – on its inaugural journey in February. The engine, whose full title is Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, was built for £3million following donations from thousands of enthusiasts.

It's the only new steam train in 40 years... and Charles the Prince of Rails gets first drive

It's the only new steam train in 40 years... and Charles the Prince of Rails gets first drive The Prince will ride on the footplate as the 105-ton engine pulls the Royal Train – with Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall as a passenger – on its inaugural journey in February. The engine, whose full title is Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific 60163 Tornado, was built for £3million following donations from thousands of enthusiasts.

Mallard. The worlds fastest steam locomotive, at 125.88mph. Not the prettiest steam engine I've ever seen, but its wonderful that we can make a kettle go that fast...

Mallard. The worlds fastest steam locomotive, at 125.88mph. Not the prettiest steam engine I've ever seen, but its wonderful that we can make a kettle go that fast...

steam trains british in paintings -Dirty British Railways 9F 2-10-0 steam locomotive in 1966 www.railart.co.uk Riddles, British Railways standard class 9F freight locomotive in 1966.

steam trains british in paintings -Dirty British Railways 9F 2-10-0 steam locomotive in 1966 www.railart.co.uk Riddles, British Railways standard class 9F freight locomotive in 1966.

The GWR 4073 Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Flickr - Photo Sharing!

The GWR 4073 Class 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. Flickr - Photo Sharing!

60156 Great Central: Peppercorn A1 class Pacific 60156 undergoing valve repairs inside York (50A) shed on the 4th October, 1964. Photo by Ron Fisher

60156 Great Central: Peppercorn A1 class Pacific 60156 undergoing valve repairs inside York (50A) shed on the 4th October, 1964. Photo by Ron Fisher

Great Western Railway steam locomotives 6023 'King Edward II', 6024 'King Edward I', and 5051 'Earl Bathurst' at Didcot Railway Centre by Anguskirk, via Flickr

Great Western Railway steam locomotives 6023 'King Edward II', 6024 'King Edward I', and 5051 'Earl Bathurst' at Didcot Railway Centre by Anguskirk, via Flickr

5051: Ex GWR 5051 on show at Didcot Railway Centre 03/04/2011

5051: Ex GWR 5051 on show at Didcot Railway Centre 03/04/2011