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.

Media representatives surround Tornado at the 'First Moves' weekend, Aug 2008
Media representatives surround Tornado at the ‘First Moves’ weekend, Aug 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.

Media contact

Media enquiries should be made to Mark Allatt, Trustee of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust at or on +44 (0)7710 878979.

Please note that this is not a general enquiries number and is for press use only.

‘The Devonian’

Saturday 6th April 2019 - Birmingham to Plymouth via Brunel's sea wall

Join us on board ‘The Devonian’ for a wonderful trip to the West Country with Tornado. Departing from Birmingham Snow Hill station our train will be hauled as far as Bristol by a Class 67 diesel locomotive. At Bristol, Tornado will be waiting to take our train west across the Somerset levels and on through …

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