TRAIN enthusiasts will be able to ride behind Britain's newest steam engine when it pulls into Bury’s Bolton Street station 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.

“The team of enthusiasts and volunteers here are ready to welcome aboard old and new fans of steam engines as they experience what life on a living, breathing steam railway is all about.”

Tornado and the locomotive will depart from the station at various times across the five days. Tickets, which must be pre-booked, are priced at £20 for adults and £10 for children, and include a full line return trip on Tornado as well as unlimited travel on other standard services that day. The Flying Scotsman will also be on static display throughout the event. Visit