The project to build Tornado has had a high media profile since its launch in 1990 but never more so than following her first public move in steam on 1st August 2008.
Over the years articles have appeared in almost every UK national newspaper, many regional papers, national and local television and radio, and the specialist engineering and railway press. It’s not just the UK press that has covered the story. Tornado has appeared in the media in many overseas countries including Australia, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and the USA.
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On Thursday 19th February 2009 Tornado was officially named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall at York Station. Their Royal Highnesses arrived by the Royal Train and were greeted by civic dignitaries and Mark Allatt and Barry Wilson of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. Having met a representative number of covenantors, volunteers and contractors as Tornado backed down onto the train they proceeded to the podium to officially name the locomotive. Prince Charles paid tribute to all those who brought the dream to reality and then removed the banner covering the nameplate; moments later an RAF flypast of a Tornado F2 and two Hawk jets thundered over the station. After meeting the crew The Prince joined them on the footplate while The Duchess accompanied Dorothy Mather and other guests to the train. Tornado then departed with the Royal Train for Leeds with the Prince still on the footplate. It was an extraordinary start to what was become an extraordinary career.
HRH The Prince of Wales is introduced to Dorothy Mather, widow of Arthur Peppercorn – Rob Morland
TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall honour the locomotive – Neil Whitaker
HRH The Prince of Wales unveils Tornado’s nameplate and plaque – Neil Whitaker
Tornado in charge of the Royal Train at Church Fenton – Geoff Griffiths
We are pleased to confirm that plans are in place for No. 60163 Tornado to attend the Wensleydale Railway for its booked operations from Friday 15th to Sunday 17th February. This will mark the first visit of the locomotive to the line ahead of a longer visit in May and June this year. For tickets please contact the Wensleydale Railway via www.wensleydalerail.com.
Planning is underway for a further test run on the main line next week ahead of Tornado hauling ‘The Auld Reekie’ railtour from Doncaster to Edinburgh. Deltic D9009 Alycidon will haul the return leg of this tour. Tickets are available via our website www.a1steam.com/railtours or from UK Railtours, our booking agent, on 01438 715050.
Further information will be posted on line as appropriate so please look out for updates.
It is with considerable regret that we have to announce that the ‘The North Briton’ on Saturday 9th February from the East Midlands to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle Railway has had to be postponed and re-dated to September 2019 – we are hoping to have confirmation of the precise date within a few days.
Following its test run earlier this month it was identified that No. 60163 Tornado had suffered some damage to a motion bush as a result of a minor deflection to the combination lever on the driver’s side. During the test run, Trust personnel had noticed that Tornado was slightly off-beat – something impossible to detect until the locomotive had left the 25mph Nene Valley Railway and picked up speed on the Network Rail main line. Investigations to-date lead us to believe that this damage was caused during a priming (water carry over) incident whilst operating a photo charter train on the Nene Valley Railway during our last couple of weeks of operations. It was, however, not possible to identify the cause of the damage to the motion bush without significant dismantling of the engine. After work to rectify this issue, and a thorough C exam including a piston and valve inspection, the engine has been reassembled and Tornado is currently in the middle of her annual recertification prior to returning to the main line.
Despite best efforts by our Director of Engineering and his team of staff and contractors, we have been advised by our operator DB Cargo that they now have insufficient time to complete the necessary processes and procedures, both internal and industry, to facilitate the necessary test run to enable Tornado to haul ‘The North Briton’ on Saturday 9th February.
After so much hard work and dedication by the team who worked to get Tornado and her support coach ready for the first test run and the additional effort over the last fortnight, this is a bitter blow. We recognise this will also be a great disappointment for all those who support the locomotive and we seek your further patience and support whilst we clear the remaining hurdles to Tornado’s imminent return to main line service.
We will be running a further ‘The North Briton’ from the East Midlands and South Yorkshire in September 2019. We are awaiting the exact date to be confirmed, if you are booked on this tour, our booking agents (UK Railtours) will be in contact when the date is confirmed.
On 15th January 2019 No. 60163 Tornado completed a first main line test run following major repairs after the failure hauling ‘The Ebor Flyer’ last year. After a successful engine and support coach run from the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford to Doncaster, with a brief check at Grantham and more detailed inspection at Roberts Road in Doncaster, No. 60163 ran to Northallerton with a train of around 400 tonnes.
All appeared to go as planned and the locomotive ran well, although we detected that the exhaust timing was slightly off beat throughout the run. On arrival at Northallerton an inspection revealed that a motion pin on the left hand combination lever had run warm and further post run inspection identified some minor distortion. This would have accounted for the valve timing being slightly out and sufficient friction to generate the heat was identified. We are currently investigating the cause of the distortion but are confident that it is unrelated to Tornado’s failure on ‘The Ebor Flyer’.
Repairs are being made now at Barrow Hill alongside the annual re-certification process. We anticipate a further proving run ahead of ‘The North Briton’ on 9th February running from Leicester to Carlisle.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, in collaboration with Darlington Borough Council, has recently decorated Darlington town centre with London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) style posters by renowned railway artist Stephen Millership. The designs of the posters were inspired by the iconic posters of the LNER from the 1930s and 1940s.
Tornado 10 Years in Steam was produced to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the completion of new Peppercorn class A1 ‘Pacific’ No. 60163 Tornado at Darlington Locomotive Works in 2008. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Silver Jubilee poster by Frank Newbould published by the LNER to mark the entry into service of Britain’s first streamlined train – which called at Darlington – in 1935.
A Giant Resurrected has been produced to promote the construction of new Gresley class P2 ‘Mikado’ No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works. The poster was designed by Stephen Millership and drew its inspiration from the iconic Giants Refreshed poster by Terence Cuneo published by the LNER to mark the restoration of its locomotives from wartime Black liveries to Apple Green and Garter Blue liveries in 1947.
The original posters have now been turned into lamppost banners and will feature in the town centre for around six months.
Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “The London & North Eastern Railway not only built some of the finest steam locomotives to operate in Great Britain but also promoted its services with some of the most iconic posters ever produced, working with artists including Tom Purvis, Frank Newbould and Terence Cuneo.
“As the re-creator of long-lost LNER steam locomotive designs, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust wanted to use the designs to help celebrate Tornado’s tenth birthday and promote the construction of the seventh class P2 Prince of Wales by having the posters made into lamppost banners. We could think of no more appropriate way than to use the commissioned work to advertise in Darlington town centre, the birth place and home of No. 60163 Tornado and No. 2007 Prince of Wales. Stephen Millership’s work pays homage to the golden age of steam. We would like to again thanks Darlington Borough Council for its on-going support of the Trust.”
Councillor Nick Wallis, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure, local environment and transport, said,
“Darlington is the birthplace of the passenger railway and we’re rightly proud of our rail heritage. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust is an incredible organisation that is building new steam locomotives here in Darlington for a worldwide audience and we’re delighted to be collaborating with them on this latest project.”
The Trustees of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust would also like to thank Rob Morland for his services to the Trust since 1995. Rob has been a Trustee since 1995 (with a break between 2004 and 2007) but has recently decided that he wishes to step back as a Trustee. He will continue to take a lead on the electrical systems design and maintenance on No. 60163 Tornado and support coach E21249 and the electrical systems design for No. 2007 Prince of Wales. He will also continue as a member of the Tornado Engineering Committee and volunteer as a member of Tornado’s support crew.
Rob was originally responsible for creating and maintaining the Trust’s Project Plan, starting with the very first plan in 1994. In 2006, with the engine in the final stages of construction, Rob began the design of the A1’s electrical system, which he completed the following year. He and Paul Depledge built and installed the complete system on the locomotive and support coach and continue to be responsible for its maintenance and ongoing development. Rob is now leading the electrical work on the P2 along with Alan Parkin and Paul Depledge. Rob is a Chartered Engineer, a European Engineer and is Director of his own company, Astutim Ltd, which helps companies make money out of technology in the field of electronics and mobile communications. He has also been an active footplate volunteer on the Talyllyn Railway for over 40 years, and is related to railway preservation pioneer, the late Tom Rolt.
Rob Morland wiring the auxiliary input/output panel – A1SLT
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF A1SLT TRUSTEES AND ADVISORS UPDATE
Chris Walker – Trustee and Finance Director ()
- Day-to-day book-keeping for A1SLT, TML and TST
- Verifying and paying supplier invoices
- Providing management accounting information to the Board
- VAT returns.
David Burgess – Trustee and Company Secretary ()
- Company Secretarial and Statutory matters
- Other administrative functions as necessary.
David Elliott – Trustee and Director of Engineering ()
- Engineering strategy and implementation
- Design Authority for Tornado and Prince of Wales
- Oversight of engineering activity on Tornado and support coach
- Design and leadership of P2 construction
- Telling the engineering story – lectures and presentations.
Graeme Bunker-James – Trustee and Commercial Director ()
- Takes the lead on commercial matters covering A1SLT railtours and key contracts
- Heading up the Trust’s train project of Mk3 vehicles
- Helps develop the Trust’s strategy and future planning.
Graham Langer – Trustee and Publications Editor ()
- Publications editor
- Websites editor
- Social media editor/monitor
- Merchandising overview.
Huw Parker – Trustee and Operations Director ()
- Responsible for day to day operation of Tornado
- Close liaison with Commercial and Engineering functions and external stakeholders to ensure the locomotive continues to meet its commitments
- Royal Navy and Royal Air Force liaison continuing links with RAF Marham and HMS Prince of Wales
- Project Management advisor.
Mark Allatt – Trustee and P2 Project Director ()
- P2 Project Director responsible for strategy and the overall management of the project with a personal focus on PR, fundraising and marketing
- Oversight of and contribute to the rest of the Trust’s PR, marketing and fundraising activities
- Helps the Trust with its strategic planning across all of its commitments.
Paul Bruce – Trustee and Property Director ()
- Responsible for property and infrastructure matters at Darlington Locomotive Works
- The Trust’s lead on developing our new steam facility in Darlington as part of the development of a Railway Heritage Quarter.
Graham Nicholas – Quality & Certification Advisor and Professional Head of Engineering ()
- Oversee all railway certification and approval activities for Tornado and its support coach to ensure that the Trust complies with all current regulatory requirements to support operation on Network Rail
- Maintain active communications with the Trust’s certification body (Ricardo Rail), train operator (DB Cargo) and rail regulatory authorities (ORR, RSSB, Network Rail, etc.) in any matters arising involving operation on the Network Rail
- Maintain and develop the vehicle maintenance instructions for Tornado and the support coach and any related systems (procedures and processes)
- Chair the new Tornado Engineering Committee to ensure that the systems and processes supporting the maintenance and operation of Tornado and the support coach are adhered to
- Provide professional engineering support for The P2 Steam Locomotive Company Limited and – in time – The V4 Steam Locomotive Company Limited
- Provision of route notes for all TST-sponsored railtours.
Richard Peck – Advisor to the Board ()
- Advisor to the Board with a particular focus on Engineering and Operations
- Member of The Engineering Committee
- Active member of Tornado’s support crew.
Rob Morland – Electrical Engineer ()
- Electrical systems design and maintenance on A1 No. 60163 and coach E21249
- Electrical systems design for P2
- Member of the Tornado Engineering Committee
- Member of Tornado’s support crew.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) is delighted to announce significant voluntary and professional appointments to strengthen its engineering and operations teams.
Graham Nicholas, a past Trustee and Quality & Certification advisor for the Trust, has been appointed as Professional Head of Engineering. As such he chairs the new Tornado Engineering Committee and provides oversight and guidance on all the Trust’s vehicle engineering activities to support the ongoing operation of Tornado and her support coach as well as the construction programme for Prince of Wales. A key aspect of the role is maintaining close communication with our operator DB Cargo, the Rail Regulator and other industry parties, ensuring that all engineering activities are undertaken in accordance with industry requirements.
Graham is a professional railway engineer of over 30 years standing, first joining British Rail as an engineering management trainee in 1986. Having spent the formative years of his career in rail vehicle maintenance depots in the North West of England, he has latterly specialised in rail vehicle certification and approvals and is today regarded as one of the country’s leading experts in these processes, having rewritten and updated the RSSB industry standards in this area. Graham first gained his registration as a chartered engineer in 1991 and in 2014 was elected as Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers.
Graham Nicholas commented, “After a challenging and chastening year, I am happy to ‘step up to the plate’ and play my part in the re-shaping of the Trust’s management arrangements, both to ensure Tornado’s continued successful main line and heritage railway operations as well as helping the Trust deliver its future strategic aims and objectives.”
Huw Parker, who has volunteered for the Trust for six years, latterly as Deputy Operations Director, has been appointed as a Trustee and Operations Director. In this role Huw will oversee the day to day operations of Tornado and liaise closely with the Commercial and Engineering functions to ensure the locomotive continues to meet its commitments.
Huw was until recently a serving Lieutenant Colonel with the Corps of Royal Engineers, which he joined directly from school through RMA Sandhurst in 1980 and was commissioned in 1981. He held a variety of military appointments and seen tours of duty ranging from the Falkland Islands, Germany, Canada, Northern Ireland, the Balkans and the Middle East. Latterly, he has been based at the Defence Equipment and Support organisation in Bristol in a civilian role where he has primarily been responsible for Deployable Infrastructure, Protected Mobility and Logistic Vehicles.
Huw began his involvement within the Railway Preservation scene at Steamport Southport. Along with members of the Liverpool Locomotive Preservation Group, he became involved with the restoration of Derek Foster’s ex-LMS Jinty 0-6-0T No. 7298. He took part in the Rocket 150 Rainhill Cavalcade celebrations and moved to the Llangollen Railway in North Wales when the Jinty visited there in 1981 and, after a spell at the East Lancashire Railway, Llangollen became his home railway. After many years helping to look after No. 7298, Huw eventually bought it from Derek in 1997 and operated the locomotive with support from the Llangollen until it was recently sold.
Huw first became involved with Tornado when the locomotive visited Llangollen for the very successful ‘Steam, Steel and Stars III Gala’ in 2012 and he was the rostered driver for several turns during the locomotive’s visit. Tornado opened the first section of the extension to Corwen, which Huw and a small group of individuals had planned and built in the previous 12 months. Although not driving the first train, he enjoyed the experience so much that he took an offer to join them for a run on the main line. Since those first turns as a support crew member, Huw is now responsible for rostering of A1SLT Support Crew and as a Responsible Officer, managing the logistics and support to Tornado wherever she might be operating. He was responsible for the locomotive on the ill-fated ‘Ebor Flyer’, where with other A1SLT and DB Cargo colleagues, he was integral in the protection and subsequent recovery of the train. Since then, he has been closely involved with repairs and the process to return Tornado to the main line.
Huw Parker commented, “Since I was first introduced to Tornado, it has been a privilege to be so closely involved with operating her across the country on main line trips and visits to heritage railways. I am looking forward to my new role as Operations Director working with Trust colleagues and our external stakeholders in managing this wonderful locomotive into the future.”
Richard Pearson has been appointed to the new full-time role as Engineering and Works Manager. Richard was previously Workshop & Rail Operations Manager for the National Railway Museum at Locomotion, Shildon and a long-standing volunteer for the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group (NELPG) – A1SLT’s neighbour in Darlington Locomotive Works. In his new role, Richard will provide engineering management support to the operation of No. 60163 Tornado on the main line and heritage railways. He will also lead the team of staff, contractors and volunteers building a new Gresley class P2 steam locomotive No. 2007 Prince of Wales at Darlington Locomotive Works. Additionally, Richard will in future take the lead in the delivery of the third new steam locomotive, Gresley class V4 No. 3403, to be constructed by the Trust.
Richard has volunteered with NELPG for more than 30 years and is a voluntary Company Director. His role within NELPG focuses on engineering, and he is regularly involved in overhauling and maintaining the group’s four operational steam locomotives, including leading on mechanical and pressure vessel boiler work. During his time with NELPG, he has worked in many roles, including those of Engineer Manager and Assistant Chief Mechanical Engineer for the group’s locomotives. He has also been project lead on the overhauls of Worsdell class J27 No. 65894, Peppercorn class K1 No. 62005, Raven class Q6 No. 63395 and Worsdell J72 No. 69023, and recently taken the lead on the final assembly and commission of the most recent overhaul on No. 65894.
Since 1987, Richard has volunteered frequently in the operation of LNER steam locomotives on Network Rail, working as part of support crews for NELPG with both No. 62005 and Peppercorn class A2 No. 60532 Blue Peter. Prior to becoming a paid employee of the National Railway Museum, he volunteered for the NRM on several tours with Gresley class A3 No. 4472 Flying Scotsman and Gresley class V2 No. 4771 Green Arrow. Richard has also volunteered as support crew with Gresley class A4s No. 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley and No. 60009 Union of South Africa and of course No. 60163 Tornado. Richard also currently volunteers frequently at the Wensleydale Railway as a steam locomotive driver, driving tourist trains over the 22-mile route from Northallerton to Redmire.
Richard Pearson commented, “I have a life-long passion for steam locomotives and I’ve been a volunteer primarily on LNER locomotives for more than 30 years both on heritage railways and on the main line, I’ve also followed the work of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for many years and have worked as a member of support crew on No. 60163 Tornado.
“To get the opportunity to play a key role in the engineering aspects of the operation of Tornado and the construction of Prince of Wales was an opportunity that I just couldn’t turn down, so I’m very excited to be part of this high-profile team.”
The Trustees of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust commented, “We are delighted to announce the strengthening of both our engineering and operations teams with three new appointments – Graham Nicholas as Professional Head of Engineering, Huw Parker as Trustee & Operations Director and Richard Pearson as full-time Engineering and Workshop Manager. These appointments will bring extra strength and depth to both teams as the Trust works to bring Tornado back into main line service and the pace of construction of Prince of Wales continues to accelerate.”
TORNADO TO HAUL ‘THE WHITE ROSE’ FROM LONDON TO YORKSHIRE
100mph new steam locomotive’s first railtour to Harrogate
We are pleased to announce a new railtour which will take the locomotive on a railtour to Harrogate for the first time. ‘The White Rose’ will run from London King’s Cross picking up at Potters Bar and Peterborough to Leeds, Harrogate and York on Saturday 27th April 2019.
In its original incarnation, ‘The White Rose’ express ran from London King’s Cross to Leeds Central and Bradford Exchange stations. It was frequently hauled by Peppercorn class A1s as well as other former LNER express passenger steam locomotives and even the iconic prototype Deltic diesel locomotive. The train ran from 23rdMay 1949 to 13th June 1964 when it was replaced by ‘The White Rose Pullman’ which was withdrawn on 4th March 1967. Between 2001 and 2005, ‘The White Rose’ was briefly revived by Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) using three former Regional Eurostar trains sets. Initially the GNER ‘White Rose’ services ran between London King’s Cross and York, then, after clearance was given, between London and Leeds.
Tornado’s celebration of the 70th anniversary of the first run of ‘The White Rose’ will be on Saturday 27th April 2019 – with three attractive Yorkshire destinations in one train. No. 60163 Tornado will be at home heading north from London King’s Cross along the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The train continues north through Grantham and Doncaster, the latter where the Peppercorn class A1s were designed and 26 of the original 49 constructed, before leaving the ECML at Hambleton Junction to head west.Tornado then climbs Micklefield bank and descends into Leeds where passengers can choose to alight and explore the city for around five hours. Tornado then takes ‘The White Rose’ north through the suburban scenery and out into the Yorkshire countryside towards the spa town of Harrogate – a first visit for the locomotive – where passengers have around four hours to explore. The train then departs from Harrogate and heads to York where passengers will have around three hours to visit the city as Tornado is turned and serviced for the return journey.
Tornado will then retrace her steps from York via Hammerton and Knaresborough to pick up passengers from Harrogate. ‘The White Rose’ will then head through Horsforth and Headingley before arriving into Leeds station. From here Tornado will steam east as far as Doncaster where our steam locomotive will be replaced by an electric locomotive to return ‘The White Rose’ via the ECML to London King’s Cross.
‘The White Rose’ offers the opportunity to relive a bygone age of steam travel, evoking the glamour of the 1930s. Heritage carriages provide a nostalgic journey back in time, where passengers can enjoy the beautiful scenery as plumes of steam drift past the windows, and Tornado’s whistle can be heard.
Passengers booking First Class can look forward to luxurious surroundings, travelling in a comfortable and roomy seat with curtains by the windows. For a little more indulgence, there is the First Class Dining experience, with silver service for all meals, each cooked on the train by an elite team of chefs. Passengers can enjoy a full English breakfast on the outward journey and a relaxed four course dinner on the way home as the sun sets, the station lights twinkle and Tornado’s reassuring rhythmical exhaust sets the seal on a memorable day out.
Alternatively, Standard Class seating is also available for those simply wishing to enjoy the scenery and have an enjoyable day out. A buffet car is available in Standard Class. ‘The White Rose’ is set to be a wonderful day out for all, and the ideal way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or simply spending time together as friends and family.
With ticket prices starting at £109.00 you can find full details and how to book here.
Tornado on the ECML near Retford – Alan Weaver
There is much to see at our three outstanding Yorkshire destinations:
Leeds: shopping in Leeds is a treat, with its many stunning Victorian arcades, Europe’s largest indoor market, Kirkgate Market, and the magnificent Corn Exchange, all steeped in the history of Leeds. In the Victoria Quarter, you’ll also find Harvey Nicholls – the first outside of London, and the perfect spot for a mid-afternoon cocktail. For more history and culture, Leeds has a wealth of museums many within walking distance (or a short taxi ride) of the city centre. These include Leeds Art Gallery, the award winning Thackray Medical Museum and Leeds City Museum which explores a million years of history, taking you from the Egyptians to the Romans and beyond.
Harrogate: this is the definitive boutique spa town in the heart of Yorkshire. Its thriving streets buzz with busy Harrogate shops, cafes and restaurants, a favourite being Betty’s Café Tea Rooms which celebrates its centenary in 2019. There is nowhere better for a brew than the home of Yorkshire Tea! Possibly the most distinctive feature of Harrogate is its pretty open space that surrounds the town centre, known locally as the Stray, at 200 acres this gives Harrogate town centre a green and spacious feel unique to the town.
York: passengers visiting York can take time to explore the city centre with the historic Minster and Shambles, or enjoy the many riverside bars, cafes and restaurants. For a real railway adventure, the National Railway Museum stands close to York station and passengers may wish to visit the steam giants of the past.
Graeme Bunker-James, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “We are delighted to announce ‘The White Rose’ special steam-hauled train from London King’s Cross to three destinations in Yorkshire in celebration of the train’s 70thanniversary. Hauled by our famous new 100mph steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, the train will travel at high speed along the East Coast Main Line and on to Leeds, Harrogate and York – an unforgettable day out for all who travel. There is even the option to dine on-board and enjoy fabulous dishes using the very best Yorkshire ingredients prepared by our on-board chefs.”
This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years. All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.
The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.
Following the decision of the Trustees of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust to withdraw No. 60163 Tornado from traffic for the remainder of 2018 in order to complete the re-certification of the locomotive and repairs to the support coach the following arrangements have been made for the affected trains in the remainder of the 2018 programme:
- Saturday 1st December – ‘The Christmas Border Raider’ – West Midlands to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle Railway and return (this has now been re-dated as ‘The Border Raider’ to Saturday 13th April 2019 with Tornado coming on and off the train at Crewe) – bookings through UK Railtours
- Saturday 15th December – ‘The Chester Chuffer’ – Birmingham to Chester and return (will run with an alternative steam locomotive) – Pathfinder Tours
The further delays are due to additional administrative and audit tasks and delays to scheduled repair works on support coach 21249 that were planned to already be completed. Our engineering team are working as swiftly as possible to address these issues.
Whilst the Trust works with DB Cargo to re-certify the locomotive and support coach before undertaking the required main line test run, the Trustees have decided to take the opportunity for Tornado to haul its first Santa Steam Specials on a heritage railway since it was completed in 2008. The Trust is therefore pleased to announce that Tornado will be spending the remainder of 2018 and early 2019 on the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough hauling its Santa Steam Specials, Mince Pie Specials, Winter Steam services and conducting some Driver Experience days.
- Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th November 2018 – Santa Steam Specials
- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2018 – Santa Steam Specials
- Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th December 2018 – Santa Steam Specials
- Saturday 22nd, Sunday 23rd and Christmas Eve Monday 24th December 2018 – Santa Steam Specials
- Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th December 2018 – Winter Warmer Mince Pie Specials
- Saturday 5th January 2019 – Driver Experience courses
- Sunday 6th January 2019 – Winter Steam services
- Friday 11th January 2019 – Driver Experience courses
- Saturday 12th January 2019 – Winter Steam services
For more details or to book online visit 01780 782833/784444 between 09:30hrs and 15:30hrs.or telephone
Due to the proximity of the Christmas holidays, it is anticipated that Tornado’s main line test run will not now take place until late in December or early in the New Year. However, with Tornado now back in steam and in service on the Nene Valley Railway, the Trust is confident that the locomotive will pick up its exciting 2019 programme with the first of the ‘The North Briton’ series of trains on Saturday 9th February from the East Midlands to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle Railway and return (bookings through UK Railtours).
The Trust would like to take this opportunity to apologise for any disappointment and inconvenience caused by the above changes to Tornado’s itinerary.
Tornado, now restored to rude good health, at Wansford – Alex Morton