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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2021 Main Line Tours

Tornado will be operating on the main line throughout 2021 and we are pleased to present our programme.

 

Tour Information & Bookings

  Download our 2021 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 2021
Summer 2021 & 2022 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 Viking Venturer
Tuesday 20th July - a beautifully scenic trip to York from Linlithgow and Edinburgh
Tuesday 20th July Join us from Linlithgow, Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley A superb tour to the Viking city of York, taking in the beautiful coastal views of the East Coast, returning with Tornado over the stunning Settle Carlisle Line and the famously challenging Beattock Bank on the route back to Edinburgh.
The Clyde Aberdonian
Saturday 21st August- Glasgow and Stirling to Aberdeen
Saturday 21st August 2021 Join us from Glasgow Central and Stirling Step aboard for our first departure from Glasgow as 'The Clyde Aberdonian' takes you on a beautiful steam hauled journey to Aberdeen.
The Jorvik Express
Thursday 16th September - Liverpool and Manchester to York
Thursday 16th September  Join us from: Liverpool, Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Victoria For the first time, passengers from Liverpool are invited to step aboard and enjoy a wonderful tour with Tornado. Pausing for passengers in Manchester before crossing the beautiful Pennine landscape, the train heads to the historic city of York.
The Caledonian
Saturday 18th September- West Midlands to Edinburgh
Saturday 18th September Join us from:  Birmingham International, Birmingham New Street, Tame Bridge Parkway, Wolverhampton, Stafford and Crewe. Join Tornado for a wonderful day out from the West Midlands to Scotland’s capital city. Steam north to discover Edinburgh’s historic city centre packed with shops, museums and beautiful historic buildings.

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