About the Trust

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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2021 Main Line Tours

Tornado will be operating on the main line throughout 2021 and we are pleased to present our programme.

Tour Information & Bookings

  Download our 2021 Tour Guide

The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.

Travel with Tornado

The Yorkshire Pullman
Saturday 9th July 2022 - Luxury steam train to York and Harrogate.
Step aboard ' The Yorkshire Pullman' from London Kings Cross and Potters Bar. Travel on the Belmond British Pullman, sister train to the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, to experience this most luxurious of steam trains as we visit the beautiful and historic cities of York and Harrogate.
The Aberdonian
Steam from Edinburgh to Aberdeen - summer time trains in 2022
Summer 2022 Join us from EDINBURGH Waverley and Haymarket Stations. Starting in Edinburgh and crossing the Forth Bridge, the train runs along the coast for much of its route making it an unrivalled way to experience Scotland. In Aberdeen there is a chance to explore this historic city, or take one of our off train excursions that include a castle or distillery visit.
The Fen and Fells Flyer
Saturday 2nd July - East Anglia to Carlisle
Saturday 2nd July 2022 Join Tornado for a summertime excursion from East Anglia to Carlisle taking in the iconic Settle and Carlisle Railway.  Step aboard from CAMBRIDGE, ELY, MARCH, PETERBOROUGH and NEWARK. 
The Clyde Aberdonian
Summer 2022- Glasgow and Stirling to Aberdeen
Summer 2022 Join us from Glasgow Central and Stirling Step aboard for our first departure from Glasgow as 'The Clyde Aberdonian' takes you on a beautiful steam hauled journey to Aberdeen.

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