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   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 Pennine Explorer
Saturday 22nd May - From the East Midlands across the Settle and Carlisle Railway
Saturday 22nd May Join us from: Leicester, East Midlands Parkway, Derby, and Chesterfield. Join us as we travel from the East Midlands to Carlisle and return including the magnificent Settle and Carlisle Railway. Our tour also includes the stunning Tyne Valley line that crosses Hadrian’s Wall through the beautiful Northumberland scenery.  
The Fen and Fells Flyer
Saturday 26th June - East Anglia to Carlisle
Saturday 26th June 2021 Join Tornado for a summertime excursion from East Anglia to Carlisle taking in the iconic Settle and Carlisle Railway.  Step aboard from CAMBRIDGE, ELY, MARCH, PETERBOROUGH and NEWARK. 
The Cumbrian Explorer
Saturday 3rd July - A steam adventure on the Settle & Carlisle Railway and Cumbrian Coast
Saturday 3rd July  Join us from: Darlington, Thirsk, York, Leeds and Skipton. A wonderful journey from the home of Tornado in Darlington crossing some of the most scenic railway in England. The train takes us across the dramatic landscape of the Settle and Carlisle Railway, before returning along the stunning Cumbrian Coast.
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 Caledonian
Saturday 18th September- West Midlands to Edinburgh
Saturday 18th September Join us from:  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.
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.

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