ONE of the world’s most famous steam locomotives will make history when it arrives in Walton to commemorate the town rail station’s 150th anniversary this August.

For the first time people will have a chance to hop aboard the Tornado 60163 – the first Peppercorn class A1 steam train to be made since they were scrapped in 1966 – for a return journey from London Liverpool Street to Walton railway station.

Once in Walton, the train will then chug to and from Colchester Town five times, giving 1,500 visitors an opportunity to enjoy a historic trip.

Thousands of people are expected to spend August 12 at the seaside town, where a fireworks display will round off a day’s worth of entertainment at 9pm.

Visitors will be able to ride the attractions at Walton Pier for free having first collected a wristband from various top locations, such as the Naze Tower.

Event organisers Mark Platt, chairman of Tendring Council, and Edward Bell, founder of Love to Shop Local, said they wanted to hold an event to celebrate the railway’s landmark anniversary while also showcasing the best of local business.

Mr Platt said: “It’s an opportunity for Walton to shine and an opportunity to remind people of how Walton used to be a rail destination.

“Commissioning the locomotive from London to Walton is a major achievement and because it’s a non-stop service, rail enthusiasts get very excited, so we’ve had interest from other countries already, such as Holland.

“The new owners of Walton Pier have been a major player in this and so we’re calling the train the Walton Pier Express.

“It’s such a unique event I don’t know whether it will ever be done again.”

Proceeds from the day, and specially-made Tornado mugs, are being donated to St Helena Hospice, in Clacton, as Mr Platt’s chosen charity for August in his year as council chairman.

A London return ticket will cost passengers £99, while a return from Walton ranges between £17.50 and £80 for a family of four. Passengers will be treated to a buffet.

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