To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

Tornado reaches 100mph during successful testing for higher speed operations

Tearing along the East Coast Main Line, Tornado heads for the ‘ton’ – Robin Coombes

Tornado’s busy main line and heritage railway diary for the first half of 2017 can be seen below or you can view/download the Tour Guide here: 

2017

  • Sunday 23rd July – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • Saturday 5th August – ‘The Towy Tornado’ – Eastleigh to Carmarthen and return – Pathfinder Tours
  • Monday 28th August – ‘The Easterling’ – London King’s Cross to Great Yarmouth – A1SLT promoted tour- bookings through UK Railtours
  • Wednesday 6th September – ‘Belmond British Pullman’ – London to Bristol (return with No. 35028 Clan Line) – Belmond British Pullman
  • Sunday 10th september – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear and return – Torbay Express
  • Saturday 16th September – ‘The Border Raider’ – Birmingham for the Settle & Carlisle Railway – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 23rd – Sunday 24th September – Barrow Hill Roundhouse ‘Pacific Power’ weekend
  •  Saturday 7th October – ‘The Tees-Tyne Express’ – Dorridge to Newcastle and return – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 25th November – ‘The Chester Christmas Cracker’ – London to Chester and return (Tornado comes off at Bescot on the return which is completed with electric traction) – A1SLT promoted tour – bookings through UK Railtours
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is proud that Tornado will continue to be operated on the Network Rail main line by DB Cargo, which has worked successfully with the Trust since the locomotive’s completion in 2008.

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

 
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.