To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

Summer 2016

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08131601 - Bennerley Jn - Alan Weaver

With Tornado on sparkling form, ‘The Robin Hood’ is seen at Bennerley Junction – Alan Weaver

08131602 - Woodhouse Jn - Alan Weaver

The train is next caught at Woodhouse Junction – Alan Weaver

08131603 - Hasland - Alan Weaver

Alan Weaver had a busy day!  Here he snapped the train at Hasland – Alan Weaver

08131604 - Wyfordby - Colin Cragg

Tornado continues to make light work of the job at Wyfordby – Colin Cragg

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On Saturday 6th August Tornado is seen at Didcot heading west – Thomas Haynes

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Tornado, back on ‘The Torbay Express’ at Dawlish – Chris Grant

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No. 60163 negotiates the sinuous descent to Goodrington – Chris Grant

08071605 - Huntspill River Bridge - Martin Tier

Tornado crosses the Huntspill River on her way back to Bristol – Martin Tier

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is pleased to release the latest tour guide featuring two new A1SLT tour dates for 2017!  You can download the guide here.

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Owing to the non-availability of No. 34046 Braunton, The A1 Steam Trust has volunteered Tornado to cover ‘The Torbay Express’ on 7th August, returning the Peppercorn Pacific to some familiar haunts in the West Country on a route where she has recorded some remarkable performances.


‘The Torbay Express’  follows the route of Brunel’s picturesque Great Western Railway, speeding across the Somerset levels and around the beautiful Devon coastline on one of the most enchanting railway journeys in the world. A day out in heritage carriages, with slam doors and opening windows, is a chance to sit back, relax and enjoy a rail journey from a bygone era when steam was king and everyone travelled to their summer holiday on the English Riviera aboard a train.

Pamper yourself and travel in Premier Dining where you will be served a glass of Buck’s Fizz before your full English breakfast. On the homeward journey you will have a glass of Champagne, a four course dinner, followed by coffee (or tea) and chocolates. The catering on the train is by Frying Scotsman Catering Services led by Alan ‘Dutch’ Holland, whose extensive experience includes working on the Royal trains.

Full details and bookings can be found here.

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No. 60163 leaves London, seen here at Clapham Junction – Thomas Haynes


Tornado with the ‘Belmond British Pullman’ at Betchworth – Andrew Shapland

Tornado was de-registered from the Rolling Stock Library at midnight on Friday 10th June. There were no reasons for this in terms of paperwork or mechanical condition of our locomotive. Investigations have shown that this was caused by a computer error associated with recent new software introduced by the RSL. As a consequence, the locomotive was unable to haul a train for UK Railtours on Saturday 11th June nor return to London in time for Saturday’s ‘Belmond British Pullman’. We are pursuing this with the RSL to ensure it doesn’t happen again to ourselves and hopefully anyone else. We are also addressing the financial impact this has had on the Trust with relevant parties. When resources allow, Tornado will return to London and resume her calendar of operations.

On Thursday 8th September, why not enjoy a special midweek tour, taking No. 60163 Tornado all the way from London to the Severn Valley Railway.  Tornado storms out of London Victoria, via Kensington Olympia, Willesden, Acton, Slough and Reading. The train continues past Oxford’s ‘dreaming spires’ to Banbury where there is a pause for water.

After passing through Leamington Spa, Solihull and Tyseley it heads through the revived Birmingham Snow Hill, then on via Smethwick, Old Hill and Stourbridge Junction to Kidderminster where it takes the link that connects the national rail network to the Severn Valley Railway.

With No. 60163 still at the head, the train calls at Bewdley before travelling the length of this superbly preserved railway, passing through idyllic countryside before reaching Bridgnorth. Here there will be a break of around three hours. The pleasant town is just a short walk from the station, linked by an authentic cliff lift – an unusual feature for an inland location.

For the return journey from Bridgnorth to Bewdley we have requested the use of Bulleid ‘West Country’ Pacific no. 34027 Taw Valley. At Bewdley a DB Cargo Class 66 takes over for the return journey which re-traces the outward route to London Victoria.

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Tornado on the Severn Valley last autumn – Jack Boskett

Your tour ticket will also be valid for travel on scheduled Severn Valley Railway trains, giving a variety of alternative itinerary opportunities.

All timings are provisional and are intended only as a guide.
Station                     Depart   Arrive
London Victoria     08.30     21.35
Slough (for M25)   09.25      20.45
Reading                   09.55      20.25

Standard Class (a buffet car is available).
Standard Class: Price: £ 99.00

First Class Non-Dining (includes complimentary tea or coffee. A buffet car is available).
First Class Non-Dining: Price: £ 149.00
Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat): Price: £ 25.00

First Class Dining (the First Class Dining fare includes the Great British Breakfast, morning coffee and a four course dinner).
First Class Dining: Price: £ 225.00
Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat): Price: £ 25.00

Bookings through UK Railtours

Spring 2016