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Last year's 'White Rose' seen at Balne Crossing - Mark Roper


London King's Cross to York and return on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 No. 60163 Tornado and iconic Deltic No. D9009 Alycidon - our train will be operated by DB Schenker and use Riviera Trains coaches.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is delighted to announce its first train of the 2015 season with the recreation of 'The White Rose' express. 'The White Rose' was the premier train from London to Yorkshire in the post-war period and this unique railtour will combine nearly 200 miles of travel behind No. 60163 Tornado and iconic Deltic No. D9009 Alycidon.

Fresh from her intermediate overhaul and newly repainted into her glorious apple green livery Tornado will be hauling her second main line railtour of 2015 on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 from York to London King's Cross, taking over from Alycidon which hauled the northbound leg. We are pleased to confirm that the carriages will be in the historic carmine and cream livery and those passengers in premier dining on 'The White Rose' will receive a traditional silver service throughout the journey. We expect there to be much fast running with Tornado at her permitted maximum speed of 75mph and Alycidon at 100mph.

Heading north covering 189 miles along the East Coast Main Line, Alycidon will stretch her legs along the line she once frequented, taking in the magnificent sights of the summer countryside heading towards the picturesque and historic City of York. A pick-up will be made along the way at Potters Bar. On arrival at York passengers will have time to explore the wonderful city, with its famous Minster and National Railway Museum, before boarding 'The White Rose' for its return leg to the capital hauled by No. 60163 Tornado.

Tornado will be hauling a limited number of main line railtours during 2015, with all profits going towards the upkeep of the locomotive. Consequently, space on this train is likely to be at a premium and so an early reservation is recommended.

Provisional Timings for 'The White Rose' express on Tuesday 2nd June 2015 are as follows:

Station Depart & Return

London King's Cross 09:15hrs 21:30hr

Potters Bar 09:45hrs 21:00hrs

York 12:30hrs 16:30hrs

Terms and conditions are available on request.

Tickets for the 'The White Rose' are priced at standard class (£99.00), first class non-dining (£139.00) and premier dining (£225.00) with all profits going to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Tables for two in first class and premier dining are available for a supplement of £25.00 per person.

Bookings by debit or credit card are via our ticket agents UK Railtours on 01438 715050 or through

Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, "We are very pleased to announce our first main line railtour of 2015 with 'The White Rose'. Tornado will be fresh from her intermediate overhaul and newly repainted in her glorious apple green livery, so we anticipate that seats for this train will sell out rapidly. This is a classic Peppercorn class A1 and Deltic run from London King's Cross to York and return, offering magnificent sights and sounds that will accompany fast, express locomotives – steam and diesel – working hard... an experience not to be missed!"

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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