To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

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'The Talisman' as it ran in 2009, Tornado's first vist to London - Alan Weaver

 'THE SILVER JUBILEE TALISMAN' CELEBRATING 25 YEARS WITH TORNADO

Tornado, returns to the North East on Saturday 26th September 2015 with ‘The Silver Jubilee Talisman’ - celebrating 25 years since the project to build a new Peppercorn class A1 was launched by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

Departing from London King’s Cross ‘The Silver Jubilee Talisman’ will head north, calling at Potters Bar and Peterborough, before speeding to York at 75mph. For those leaving at here you might choose to take in the Minster, visit the world famous National Railway Museum or simply explore this historic city.

Tornado will then take our train across the Plain of York and over the River Tees to her Darlington birthplace.  Those disembarking here will have the opportunity of a guided tour of Darlington Locomotive Works where Tornado was completed and the Trust’s second new steam locomotive - No. 2007 Prince of Wales - is under construction. Once completed in 2021, this new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’ will be Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive.

On departing Darlington, our train will cross the legendary 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway and continue north to Durham, where the railway viaduct offers a superb vista of the Cathedral and Castle. It will then descend to the Tyne Valley, welcomed by the Angel of the North, where Tornado will cross the Tyne on one of the many bridges that lead to Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and where passengers are able to take a 2½ hour break.

No. 60163 Tornado will take charge of ‘The Silver Jubilee Talisman’ for our return journey to York where modern traction will take over for the rest of our journey to London King's Cross.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is proud that Tornado will continue to be operated on the Network Rail main line by DB Schenker, which has worked successfully with the Trust since the locomotive's completion in 2008.

All profits from this tour go towards maintaining Tornado in future years.

STATION

DEPARTS

RETURNS

LONDON KING’S CROSS

 07:50

22:15

POTTERS BAR

08:15

21:55

PETERBOROUGH

09:30

21:00

YORK

12:35

18:00

DARLINGTON

 13:20

17:15

NEWCASTLE

14:00

16:30


In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition - to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific.  They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.

This website tells the story of Tornado's construction, an amazing tale of cooperation, skill and sheer hard graft which defied the critics who said it could never be done.  The A1 Trust has over 2500 regular supporters (covenantors) who have all played some part, small or large, in guaranteeing that we have steam on the main line in the 21st Century.

Tornado is now fulfilling the dream, hauling specials on the mainline and giving joy to thousands of passengers and linesiders who want to witness the legend in action.  You can be part of this by travelling with us or by becoming a covenantor, helping us to raise the funds to keep the dream alive. 

 

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