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.
Repair update - 10th August
Update – 10th August 2018 The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and its contractors are continuing the work to return No. 60163 Tornado to operational service. We are pleased to report...
Tornado celebrates her birthday in style
Over 100 supporters of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust gathered at Darlington Locomotive Works on Saturday 28th July to celebrate the tenth birthday of new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado....
Travel with Tornado