Become a Covenantor

Covenantors are at the core of what we do at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, and without their continued support we simply would not be able to keep Tornado running.

By making a small donation – the equivalent of the price of a pint of beer a week – you can help us stay on track. By regularly donating from as little as £2.50 a week (although if you can donate more, that would be welcome indeed!), we are able to forecast a regular and reliable income allowing careful planning of maintenance, larger overhauls and special projects.

Mike Wilson signs the very first Covenant – at the Launch Meeting, York, 1990
From the Trust’s inception 30 years ago, our Covenantors have provided the funds to build Tornado. Much of the locomotive as you see it today has been funded by this means – a lot of people contributing a small amount on a regular basis. Since completion, our Covenantors have provided essential support to keep the locomotive in tip-top condition and operating on the mainline. Now you too can be a part of this incredible story. Tornado is nearing the next planned overhaul and donations from our Covenantors are more vital than ever.
A monthly payment made (on the 10th of each month) by standing order in units of £10 – may also be paid annually. In recognition of their support, monthly covenantors receive:
  • A print of Tornado
  • Access to view Tornado at all reasonable times
  • The Trust’s journal and newsletters on a regular basis
  • The opportunity to attend the Trust’s Annual Convention (an event not to be missed!)
  • The opportunity to attend exclusive days out to other railway centres
  • Priority travel on A1 Trust trains hauled by Tornado
If you would like to support the Trust by becoming a Covenantor then the forms below will enable you to do so. There are two forms:

This first form confirms your personal data and the amount that you would like to donate – please print out, complete and return it to us at the address shown. 

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This second one confirms your bank details, please complete in full and return it along with the monthly donation form, we will then forward it to your bank.

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MAY WE ALSO DRAW YOUR ATTENTION TO THE TRUST’S PRIVACY POLICY WHICH DETAILS THE MANNER IN WHICH WE TREAT ANY PERSONAL DATA THAT YOU SEND US. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY.

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Why “Covenantors”?
Covenants disappeared at the beginning of the century but were replaced with a procedure called Gift Aid. As a registered charity, this enables the Trust to claim back, from HM Customs & Revenue, the income/capital gains tax that you have paid on your donations. For example for every £10.00 that you donate, the Trust could claim an additional £2.50, making your contribution worth £12.50. Although Deeds of Covenant no longer exist all our regular contributors are, for historical reasons, referred to as “Covenantors”. Donations are hypothecated and will only ever be used to keep Tornado operating. Please come on board and help speed Tornado in her main line career with a monthly donation.