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An iconic steam train is set to pass through several Northamptonshire towns in a whirlwind tour of the East Midlands.

The LNER Peppercorn Class A1 no. 60163 Tornado will be heading through East Northamptonshire, as well as Kettering and Corby next weekend.

On Saturday, November 27, the historic locomotive will be heading through the Rose of the Shires as part of the York Yuletide Express rail tour.

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On the outward journey, Kettering locals will be able to get a great view of the train, which will stop at the town’s station to collect passengers and take on water at around 9am-9.30am.

Here, there will be a “Time Travellers” room on platform one hosted by Kettering Civic Society, who will be open from 9am-10.30am with items of historical interest.

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After the train leaves Kettering in (quite literally) a puff of smoke (well, steam), its route will take it along the Midland Mainline via Market Harborough and Leicester, although not passing over Harringworth Viaduct quite yet.

That spectacle is being saved for the return journey, which will be after dark.

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The trail will come back to Kettering via Syston Junction, Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Harringworth Viaduct, Corby and Kettering.

So if you’re a trainspotter or a locomotive enthusiast, make sure you keep an eye out for this iconic piece of engineering next weekend.

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