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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2020 Main Line Tours

Tornado will be operating on the main line throughout 2020 and we are pleased to present our programme.

 

Tour Information & Bookings

  Download our 2020 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 Aberdonian
Steam from Edinburgh to Aberdeen - summer time trains in 2020 and 2021
September 2020 and various dates in Summer 2021   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 Queen of Scots
Saturday 12th September - travel from the North East to Edinburgh and Stirling
Saturday 12th September Join us from: York, Darlington, Durham and Newcastle. Step aboard from Yorkshire and North East England for a wonderful tour to the royal seats of Scotland, the beautiful and historic cities of Edinburgh and Stirling.
The Ticket to Ride
Saturday 19th September - Tornado’s first tour to Liverpool
Saturday 19th September Join us from: Darlington North Road, Darlington, Thirsk, York and Wakefield Kirkgate. Steam with Tornado to the home of The Beatles! Journey to the historic city of Liverpool where you can visit the iconic Cavern Club, the Royal Albert Dock with its many eateries and museums, or even indulge in some retail therapy at Liverpool One.  

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