How you can Help

This project, alone among many such ‘new build’ projects that have been launched, has finally been completed. However, of the £3 million raised and spent on the construction of Tornado, £200,000 of debt remains to be repaid.

Support us

Tornado’s entry into main line service has been a huge success and this is reflected in the continued inflow of funds. This has been achieved primarily through the simple but effective device of getting people to pay small amounts regularly; specifically, £10 or multiples of £10 every month although other fundraising schemes are also now in place.

Legacy Giving

A further way you can help is by establishing a Legacy. Click on the Establish a Legacy link on the right hand menu to read about how you can do this with complete confidentiality.

Presentations and Events

As part of our ongoing Educational remit, we have speakers nationwide who can offer a fascinating Lecture with a digital media Presentation to interested groups about our work, and how Tornado and now also The Prince of Wales came to be. A suggested minimum donation for one of these talks is most appreciated. Just click  Attending Presentations  to see our forthcoming Events and Lecture dates plus further information on how to book a speaker or to attend one as many of the talks are free and open to the public. We can promise that From Dream to Steam, The Tornado Story will provide a most interesting occasion for your next group or corporate event.

Let’s get a tender behind Tornado  – join The 163 Pacifics Club today
By 2014 the Trust had repaid all of the £1m debt needed to complete Tornado and funded the conversion of BR Mk 1 BCK E21249 into her support coach. However, the tender is currently owned by William Cook Cast Products Ltd (the Trust’s Principal Sponsor) as chairman Andrew Cook kindly offered to fund the construction of the tender in 2006, allowing funds being raised to be spent on the engine. The tender is leased to the Trust under a fifteen year loan agreement which will come to an end in 2021.
Tornado’s tender is a development of those built for the original Peppercorn class A1s – mainly due to the different operating environment on the modern Network Rail main line. Due to the lack of surviving steam infrastructure, water capacity is at a premium and so Tornado’s tender carries 6,200 gallons, as opposed to 5,000 gallons, and seven tons of coal, rather than nine tons in the original A1s. The tender is also the home for many of Tornado’s other unique features including an alternator, Timken cartridge roller bearings (pregreased sealed self-contained units which do not have to be fitted in enclosed axleboxes), Train Protection & Warning System (TPWS), National Radio Network (NRN) radio, Global System for Mobile Communications – Railway (GSM-R) radio, GPS tracker and of course the mobile phone charger!
We need to raise £200,000 by 2021 to purchase Tornado’s tender and finally completing the project we embarked upon in 1990.
The 163 Pacifics Club
Following the success – thanks to your generosity – of our ‘Regular’ and ‘Dedicated Donation’ schemes for the construction of No. 60163 Tornado and the ‘Use Your Loaf’ appeal for the overhaul and conversion of BR Mk 1 BCK E21249 into Tornado’s support coach, we decided to follow a similar route for the purchase of Tornado’s tender.
• It is our aim is to raise £195,600 through The 163 Pacifics Club from 163 supporters each donating £960 to the project (in up to 96 payments of £10 by standing order with the addition of Gift Aid.
• Although Tornado carries the number ‘60163’ – the next in the Peppercorn class A1 series following No. 60162 Saint Johnstoun – her pre-nationalisation LNER number would have been ‘163’.
• There were therefore 163 ex-LNER express passenger Pacifics from the Gresley class A3s/A4s, Thompson class A1/1 and Peppercorn class A1s. A numbered certificate (1-163) will record the details of your donation and the number/name of your favourite pacific.
• If 163 people were to donate £10 per month over the eight years until we need to purchase the tender (or alternatively make a one-off donation of £960) with the addition of Gift Aid (£2.50 per month or £240 one-off) this would raise £195,600.
• As with the previous schemes, this initiative comes with benefits for those who generously take part
• A numbered certificate (1-163) recording the details of the donation and the number/name of your favourite ex-LNER express passenger pacific from the Gresley class A3s/A4s, Thompson class A1/1 and Peppercorn class A1s.
• Name inscribed on the official Roll of Honour in Darlington Locomotive Works which will detail the Pacific sponsored
• Entry into a draw for a main line footplate ride on No. 60163 Tornado.
Membership of The 163 Pacifics Club has grown steadily since its launch and around 30 of the available 163 ex-LNER express passenger Pacifics have already received new ‘shed allocations’.
It really is that simple! Sponsor your favourite Pacific today and help give Tornado her paid-for tender behind by 2021.
Forms to join The163 Pacifics Club can be found here. For more information email or call us on 01325 460163
Thank you for your valued support – together we can finish the job!
It really is that simple! With your help Tornado could be debt free with her paid-for tender behind by 2021.
Please complete the donation form today.
Join us on our exciting journey…

Thank you!