Funds to build No. 60163 Tornado were raised through deeds of covenant “A1 for the price of a pint of beer a week”, sponsorship, commercial loans and through a £500,000 bond issue – the latter two both since repaid. Today, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust continues to operate Tornado on the Network Rail main line and on heritage railways to the delight of children of all ages!
Keeping No. 60163 in first class condition is an extremely expensive business. In addition to the regular donations from our Covenantors, the Trust continues to raise funds by promoting its own main line trains, hires to other railtour promoters, visiting heritage railways and merchandise licencing/sales.
However, you can help to ensure that No. 60163 Tornado has a secure future on the main line for generations to come by leaving a legacy to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in your Will. Donations via legacies during the 25 years that The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has been in existence have been relatively limited when compared to other types of donation – although the Trust has always been extremely grateful for any gifts received. If legacy donations to the Trust were to reach the same level as those for the top UK based charities – where it represents around 40% of fundraising income – the Trust would raise an additional £80,000 per year. This would go a long way towards funding a five year overhaul.
Many have the Trustees have already made provision for No. 60163 Tornado in our Wills by leaving a legacy to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust. If you would also like to support No. 60163 Tornado through a legacy then please take a look through our leaflet here or contact our Legacy Coordinator who will talk you through the process on or 01325 460163.
So, please remember The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust in your Will and you too can help to ensure that No. 60163 Tornado has a secure future on the main line for generations to come.