To build and operate a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam locomotive


Brilliant morning sun greets Tornado and an HST at Bristol Temple Meads – Mandy Grant

The return run is seen at Hollicombe Cove – Robert Sherwood


A superb night study at Bristol – Mandy Grant


No. 60163 is seen after Blakedown, shortly before arriving at Kidderminster  – Tom Stobbs


Tornado is seen heading north, rounding Hatton Curve – Tom Stobbs


Back on the Pullmans!  Tornado heads the prestigious train at Hungerford – Tony Bartlett


Old and new at Taunton – the HST has been in service for 40 years! – Paul Davies


The next day No. 60163 returns light engine to London, seen here at Challow – Robert Stewart

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and the Royal Air Force were delighted to announce the affiliation of the locomotive with RAF Marham as part of the station’s centenary celebrations. To mark the affiliation, Tornado now carries the RAF Marham crest on the fireman’s side nameplate. RAF Marham is the home of the RAF’s Tornado GR4 two-seat, all-weather, day/night attack and reconnaissance aircraft.

On Friday 26th August the Nene Valley Railway (NVR) at Wansford, Cambridgeshire, hosted the rededication of No. 60163 Tornado and its affiliation with RAF Marham as part of the station’s 100th birthday celebrations. Following a briefing on the building and operation of the locomotive by Trust chairman Mark Allatt, representatives of the stations military and civilian staff witnessed the unveiling of Tornado’s nameplate bearing the RAF Marham crest by Station Commander Group Captain Rich Davies ADC MA RAF and Trust President David Champion. This was followed by a blessing by station Padre Reverend Geoffrey Firth.

Group Captain Rich Davies commented, “We are delighted to affiliate RAF Marham in our centenary year with the magnificent achievement that No. 60163 Tornado represents. It’s sheer power and presence is reflective of that of the Tornado aircraft that operate from RAF Marham and have been the backbone of the RAF for the past 30 years.”

Mark Allatt, chairman, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, added, “It’s a great privilege for No. 60163 Tornado to be affiliated with RAF Marham as it celebrates its 100th birthday. The locomotive was named in honour of the RAF aircrews who fought in the first Gulf War and in many other subsequent conflicts. We are delighted to be re-invigorating our relationship with the RAF and look forward to future collaborations.”

Following the dedication ceremony those present were given the opportunity to drive Tornado under supervision and later that evening the station hosted a ‘dining in’ night on the railway’s dining train also hauled by Tornado. It is hoped that No. 60163 Tornado will play a role in the Royal Air Force’s centenary celebrations in 2018.


The new nameplate fitted to the fireman’s side – Crown Copyright


 A1 Trust President David Champion and Group Captain Rich Davies ADC MA RAF

No. 60163 Tornado was named after the RAF Tornado aircraft of the same name which were on active service in the middle east during the first Gulf War when the project to build the new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific was in its infancy. The nameplates were originally presented to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in a ceremony at Birmingham Railway Museum in 1995 and bore the crests of the then RAF Cottesmore and its Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) which trained British, German and Italian aircrews to operate the aircraft. With The Trust’s establishment of its permanent base at Darlington Locomotive Works in 1997 and the dissolution of the TTTE in 1999, the crest on the latter plate was replaced by that of nearby RAF Leeming (then an RAF Tornado station). This was the nameplate unveiled by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall when Tornado was formally named at York station on 19th February 2009. Coincidentally, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall is the Honorary Air Commodore of RAF Leeming.

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Immaculate as usual, Tornado returns to the Nene Valley Railway – Esmond Urwin


Working a service train, No. 60163 crosses the Nene – Ben Scott


East Coast Giant!  Deltic Royal Scots Grey masquerades as No. 55007 PinzaMandy Grant


Tornado and ‘Pinza‘ cross at Wansford – Ben Scott


A lovely study of No. 60163 – Ben Scott

Dignity and impudence!  Tornado and Thomas together – Paul Davies

We are pleased to announce that No. 60163 Tornado, has been called upon to haul the final two Torbay Expresses of the season, on both Sunday the 4th and Sunday the 11th of September 2016.

Enjoy a day out at the seaside with Tornado, as we travel along arguably one of the most scenic railway lines in the country!

‘The Torbay Express’, travelling from Bristol Temple Meads.

Experience train travel as it used to be aboard ‘The Torbay Express’

This summer Sunday steam hauled train 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.


Paignton – Spend a break of up to five hours enjoying a relaxed time in this seaside resort where you can take a dip in the sea on the magnificent sea front; try the arcades or ice cream parlours.

Dartmouth – Alight at Kingswear and take the ferry (included in the ticket price) across the River Dart to spend four hours exploring this picturesque and historic town. Local attractions include:
• The nearby National Trust properties of Greenway House (former home of Agatha Christie)
• Coleton Fishacre (the former country home of the D’Oyly Carte family)
• The Britannia Royal Naval College (giving an insight into the Royal Navy)
• Dartmouth Castle
• Cruises on the River Dart (including aboard paddle steamer Kingswear Castle – the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today

For full details and to book, please visit

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

Images to follow