Having ascertained before the launch of the project that many drawings for Peppercorn A1s had been saved from Doncaster Works when steam overhauls ceased, an appeal for volunteers to sort and collate them at the National Railway Museum was made, resulting in a team of six, led by Gerard Hill, spending three days at the NRM.


David Elliott leads a team measuring up Blue Peter

The autumn of ’91 saw the Trust looking to start work on the tender and protracted negotiations were entered into to buy Flying Scotsman’s second tender, in order to use its frames.  A ballot of covenators revealed a small preference for a riveted (Doncaster pattern) tender although that decision was re-visited when construction moved to Darlington.


Flying Scotsman’s rotten water carrier in Morpeth

With the promise of £50,000 sponsorship from his company, New Cavendish Books, Allan Levy selected the name Tornado in view of the sacrifices being made at that time in the Gulf War by RAF crews of the plane of the same name.