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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2019 Main Line Tours

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.

Tour Information & Bookings

  Download our 2019 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
Let the ‘The Aberdonian’ whisk you away as we take in some of the best that Scotland has to offer, both on train and off. 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. Our friendly team will look after you, and if you choose to dine with us you will be treated to fine Scottish fare. Come and travel with us as Tornado begins another chapter running regularly over this historic route.
The North Briton
Steam over the stunning Settle and Carlisle Railway
Travel on ‘The North Briton’, a new series of trains starting in London before steaming with Tornado across the magnificent Settle and Carlisle Railway. Passengers will enjoy breath-taking scenery as the landscape becomes more wild and beautiful as the train steams north, through tunnels and across viaducts to reach Carlisle. Come along and enjoy the experience of No. 60163 Tornado climbing to Blea Moor and Ais Gill summits once again!
The Pennine Explorer
Steam across the Settle and Carlisle Railway
Join us on ‘The Pennine Explorer’, as we travel from the East Midlands to Carlisle and return including the magnificent Settle and Carlisle Railway. Much is said of the beauty and scale of this railway, but to fully appreciate it, it must be experienced first-hand. Our tour also includes a fast run with Tornado along the ECML from York before taking the stunning Tyne Valley line that crosses Hadrian’s Wall through the beautiful Northumberland scenery.
The Illuminati
West Midlands to Blackpool Illuminations
In a first for Tornado, travel with us to see the world famous Blackpool Illuminations. Described as the ‘greatest free light show on earth’, the illuminations have been delighting since 1879. Steam hauled from the start, ‘The Illuminati’ departs from Birmingham a little before midday, heading through the West Midlands and onto the Potteries and Stoke on Trent. On board we will offer our usual range of classes but in First Class Dining we will offer a special Champagne Afternoon Tea on the outward and a four course evening meal on the return.

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 01325 460163