To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

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



‘The Scarborough Flyer’ arrives early at Potters Bar – Paul Davies


York – Brian Sherrington

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Malton – Jack Beeston

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Kirkham Abbey – Jack Beeston

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Seamer – Chris Grant

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Tornado is prepped at Stewarts Lane – Rob Morland

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Ready for the off at Victoria – Rob Morland

There are still some standard class tickets remaining for the London King’s Cross to York (and return) leg of ‘The Scarborough Flyer’ on the 4th of June.

Passengers will have around five hours to explore the delights that the historic City of York has to offer, including the National Railway Museum, York Minster and the historic Shambles – York’s oldest Street dating back over 900 years.

Our outbound journey will be hauled by No. 60163 Tornado with a train of vintage carriages and will travel from London King’s Cross station along the East Coast Main Line to the magnificent York station. Passengers for York will alight the train here and No. 60163 Tornado will then continue her journey to the seaside destination of Scarborough. The return journey from York to London King’s Cross will be hauled by an electric locomotive.


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Tornado races through Hungerford with the Belmond Pullmans – Tony Bartlett

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Returning the same evening, the train is once again seen at Hungerford – Tony Bartlett

Following the huge success of the ‘The Red Rose’ and ‘The Devon Belle’ steam excursions so far this year, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust presents another brand new railtour featuring Britain’s newest main line steam locomotive, Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado.

Our destination is Chesterfield, a town with strong links to Britain’s proud railway heritage. George Stephenson, who brought steam hauled railways to the world, lived on the outskirts of the town and a tombstone marks his resting place in Holy Trinity Church. His statue stands in the station forecourt.  The historic market town is famous for the Crooked Spire Church of Saint Mary and All Saints. A visit to Chesterfield gives you so many options, from climbing the tower of the Crooked Spire to browsing the market, from taking a walk alongside the Canal and enjoying a pint in one of the local pubs.

Our outward route takes us along the East Coast Main Line to Peterborough where we diverge left on to Midland Railway metals, passing through the ancient county of Rutland and into Leicestershire. From Syston we are heading north again, through Loughborough and past the vast expanse of Toton Yard, after a pause at Alfreton we reach Chesterfield where we take a break of four hours.

For added interest, our return route is via Nottingham and Grantham, descending the famous Stoke Bank before rejoining our outward route just north of Peterborough.

We also have two optional add-on tours (bookable in advance only):

CRICH – THE NATIONAL TRAMWAY MUSEUM: Alight from the train at Alfreton and join coaches for the short hop to Crich. The museum contains over 60 trams and is set within Crich Tramway Village, a period village containing a pub, cafe, old-style sweetshop and tram depots. This is the date of the museum’s 1940s event, with a frequent service operating and lots more to see besides.


CHATSWORTH HOUSE:  Coaches meet the train at Chesterfield for the scenic drive to Chatsworth House where you will have around two and a half hours to explore this truly magnificent stately home, set in the rolling Derbyshire hills. World-renowned landscape gardener Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown transformed the gardens at Chatsworth in 1760. This year is the 300th anniversary of his birth.

Chatsworth Bridge

This tour is operated by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the builders, owners and operators of No. 60163 Tornado with UK Railtours acting as booking agent. All profits from this tour go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.  Bookings are through UK Railtours.

Station Arrive Depart
London Kings Cross 08.10 21.55
Potters Bar (for M25) 08.35 21.30
Stevenage 09.05 21.00

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

First Class Non-Dining (includes complimentary tea or coffee. A buffet car is available) Price: £ 145.00

Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat) Price: £ 25.00

First Class Dining (includes the Great British Breakfast and a four course dinner) Price: £ 225.00

Option: Guaranteed Table for Two (per seat) Price: £ 25.00

Crich Tramway Museum (includes coach transfer, admission and tram rides) Price: £ 16.00

Chatsworth (includes coach transfer and admission) Price: £ 21.00

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is proud that Tornado will continue to be operated on the Network Rail main line by DB Cargo, which has worked successfully with the Trust since the locomotive’s completion in 2008.

‘The Scarborough Flyer’ on the 4th June is selling out fast, all 1st Class and Premier Dining seats are now sold and less than 100 standard class seats remain for the trip to York and less than 50 to Scarborough.  Don’t miss out!

Full details can be see here

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Tornado is turned on Scarborough turntable in 2011 during her only visit there to date – David Elliott

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The ‘Belmond British Pullman’ is seen at Shere – David Ireland