To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive

Spring 2017

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Chairman of A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is seeking to recruit a Chairman to lead and support the Board of Trustees. The Trust, formed in 1995, has seen great success in the completion and running of new build steam locomotive Class A1 No.60163 Tornado, and is continuing to build on this as well as undertake new and ambitious projects. The successful candidate will provide the strategic leadership and direction to enable these projects to be developed and delivered, whilst ensuring the sustainability of existing activities with particular regard to Tornado itself. It is the responsibility of the Chairman, working with the Trustees, to ensure not only the above, but that the charity continues to operate efficiently and effectively, and in compliance with relevant legislation.

Information for Candidates

The following information outlines the responsibilities and attributes that this role require. This is not an exclusive list but is designed to give candidates an indication of what the role entails.

Please note that this is a voluntary Chairmanship.


  • Management and leadership of the Board of Trustees
  • Upholding the goals and responsibilities of the Charity whilst ensuring its security and compliance with relevant legislation.
  • Providing financial oversight and ensuring probity
  • Chairing board meetings (typically 4 to 6 per annum)
  • Working with the Trustees to develop and deliver the Trust’s vision and strategy
  • Providing focus to define priorities
  • Communicating to the wider team developments and progress
  • Giving smart, stretching objectives but not breaking ones
  • Helping the organisation to grow by becoming more scalable and encouraging delegation
  • Ensuring application and maintenance of the Charity’s health and safety policy
  • Developing a succession plan for Trustees and advisors

Personal Attributes

Able to provide collegiate leadership of the team, whether Trustees or volunteers, be of strong character and able to collate information available and pull the team together to bring matters under consideration and discussion to a satisfactory conclusion.


  • Gravitas, easily able to engage with top people in industry, government, press and elsewhere
  • Able to motivate and lead a committed team
  • Working with the team, recognising people’s strengths, and weaknesses, getting the best out of everyone
  • Understanding of the challenges of running and developing a volunteer-run organisation which has responsibilities akin to many companies of full time paid people
  • Financial management, company and charity law
  • Commercial astuteness, an appreciation of risk and how to manage it


  • Leading successful teams
  • Growing organisations
  • Railway industry
  • Charities/third sector
  • Fundraising
  • Organisations having a mix of paid and volunteer members
  • Interacting with government

Application Process

To register your interest in being considered for the role of Chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, please submit a CV and cover email outlining your suitability to 

Should you have any questions or require further information about the role please contact Sophie Bunker-James on 07929828014 or email 

Closing Date Friday 9th June 2017

About the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

No. 60163 Tornado

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered charity, built Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado, named after the RAF aircraft, at its Darlington Locomotive Works. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today’s main line railway. The A1 class was designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway and 49 were built in 1948/49 by British Railways. However, following modernisation, all were scrapped by 1966.

After 18 years of construction and fundraising the £3 million locomotive was completed in August 2008. Tornado was named by HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York station on 19th February 2009. Frequently headlined in the press and on TV and radio, Tornado was the subject of a BBC documentary ‘Absolutely Chuffed: The Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and featured in ‘The Race to the North’ on Top Gear. The Trust is still seeking to raise £200,000 through The 163 Pacifics Club to purchase the tender currently leased from principal sponsor William Cook Cast Products Limited.

100mph Record – Whilst undertaking test runs in connection with raising its permitted maximum speed, No. 60163 Tornado reached 100mph during trials conducted on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) between Doncaster and Newcastle on 12th April 2017. Tornado is currently limited to 75mph, but it has always been the intention to run the locomotive at speeds up to 90mph to better fit in with other trains on the busy UK rail network.

Plandampf –Tornado took to the rails on 14th, 15th & 16th February, pulling regular timetabled services (usually diesel hauled) over part of the Settle and Carlisle Railway (S&C), on what were the first steam hauled service trains in England since the 1960s. In three days around 6000 people travelled on these trains, all 12 of which were sold out.


No. 2007 Prince of Wales

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is now constructing Britain’s most powerful steam locomotive – Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales.

The Gresley class P2 2-8-2 ‘Mikados’ were the most powerful express passenger locomotives to operate in the UK. As the builders of new main line steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, we have therefore decided to set ourselves a new challenge: to develop, build and operate an improved Gresley class P2 Mikado steam locomotive for main line and preserved railway use.

We are using the latest computer aided design and modelling techniques to realise the potential of the original design and estimate that No. 2007 Prince of Wales will cost around £5m to build over a 7-10 year period. As with Tornado, funds will be raised through regular monthly donations, donations dedicated to specific components, The Boiler Club and commercial sponsorship.

Tornado will make history when it arrives in Walton to commemorate the town rail station’s 150th anniversary this August.  For the first time people will have a chance to hop aboard a steam special for a return journey from London Liverpool Street to Walton railway station.  Once in Walton, the train will then run to and from Colchester Town five times, giving 1,500 visitors an opportunity to enjoy an historic trip.

Thousands of people are expected to spend 12th August at the seaside town, where a fireworks display will round off a day’s worth of entertainment at 21:00hrs.  Visitors will be able to ride the attractions at Walton Pier for free having first collected a wristband from various top locations, such as the Naze Tower.

Event organisers Mark Platt, chairman of Tendring Council, and Edward Bell, founder of Love to Shop Local, said they wanted to hold an event to celebrate the railway’s landmark anniversary while also showcasing the best of local business.   Mr Platt said: “It’s an opportunity for Walton to shine and an opportunity to remind people of how Walton used to be a rail destination.  Commissioning the train from London to Walton is a major achievement and because it’s a non-stop service, rail enthusiasts get very excited, so we’ve had interest from other countries already, such as Holland.”

Proceeds from the day, and specially-made Tornado mugs, are being donated to St Helena Hospice, in Clacton, as Mr Platt’s chosen charity for August in his year as council chairman.  A London return ticket will cost passengers £99, while a return from Walton ranges between £17.50 and £80 for a family of four. Passengers will be treated to a buffet.

For tickets click here. Also email or freephone 0330 1138989.

Mark Platt stands next to Tornado at Stewarts Lane – Daily Gazette

Same time, same place, a week later!  Tornado storms past Arksey – Gareth Griffiths

During the stopover in Darlington, most passengers opted to visit the Works – Mandy Grant

Passengers view the impressive progress being made constructing No. 2007 – Mandy Grant

Steve Hanczar awaits the ‘right away’ with the return leg from Darlington – Michael Denholm

Tornado passes Colton Junction of the run back – Mandy Grant

As dusk starts to fall, ‘The Talisman’ is seen at Frinkley Lane – Neil Whitaker

Tom Ingall, who produced the ‘Absolutely Chuffed’ video when Tornado first entered traffic, was on board with a film crew for No. 60163’s 100mph dash down the East Coast Main Line.  The fruits of this endeavour will initially be broadcast on regional TV stations this month.  The date set set for transmission in Yorkshire / Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and North East and Cumbria is Monday 15th May 2017 at 7.30pm on BBC1.

Don’t miss it!

Tom Ingall is seen making the documentary for the BBC – Graham Langer

The star of Tyne Yard!  Just after midnight, Tornado is readied for the train – Paul Lindley

Well into her stride, No. 60163 passes Berwick on Tweed – Mike Walkinshaw

‘The Heart of Midlothian’ crosses into Scotland – Michael Denholm

The train rushes past Drem – Mike Walkinshaw

Tornado eases the train into Waverley Station – Michael Denholm

After a short sojourn, the return leg is off to a rousing start from Edinburgh – Michael Denholm

Clear road ahead at York – Mandy Grant

Traction Inspector Jim Smith and Fireman Tony Jones – Mandy Grant

Jim Smith – Mandy Grant

Tony Jones –Mandy Grant

Driver Steve Hanczar – Mandy Grant

A1SLT Company Secretary David Burgess – Mandy Grant

An immaculate Tornado powers past Arksey with ‘The North Briton’ – Gareth Griffiths

Getting to grips with the Settle & Carlisle line again, Tornado crosses Arten Gill Viaduct – Graham Nicholas

Dwarfed by the Pennines, Tornado crosses Lunds Viaduct – David Horner

The return leg takes the train through Blaydon – Brian Sherrington