To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

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On 11th September Tornado is seen at Bristol with ‘The Torbay Express’ – Mandy Grant

Tornado’s packed main line and heritage railway diary for 2016 can be seen below or you can view/download the Tour Guide here: 

  • Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September – Severn Valley Railway Gala, ‘Pacific Power’
  • Friday 30th September – Belmond British Pullman – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills) (Belmond Provisional Date)
  • Saturday 1st October – Annual Convention.
  • Saturday 8th October – ‘The Magna Carta’ – A1SLT promoted tour, bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 22nd October – Belmond British Pullman – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills)
  • Friday 4th November – Belmond British Pullman – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills)
  • Thursday 1st December – ‘The Bath Spa Christmas Express’ – A1SLT promoted tour, bookings through UK Railtours
  • Wednesday 7th December – Belmond British Pullman – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills)
  • Monday 12th December – ‘The Christmas Canterbury Tale’ – A1SLT promoted tour, bookings through UK Railtours
  • Saturday 17th December – ‘Belmond British Pullman’ – The Golden Age of Travel (Surrey Hills)

2017

  • Saturday 11th February ‘The White Rose’ – London King’s Cross to Leeds – A1SLT promoted tour, bookings through UK Railtours
  • Wednesday 1st March – ‘The Red Dragon’ – A1SLT promoted tour, bookings through UK Railtours
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 Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.

 
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.