I ♥ 60163 Appeal


‘I  60163’ fundraising campaign towards repairs

It’s hard to believe that No. 60163 Tornado’s three initial main line test runs for were 11 years ago – and what a thrilling ride it has been since those early days! Throughout these years we have had many highs and a few unfortunate lows; we have travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, hauling main line charters and Royal Trains, visiting dozens of heritage railways & centres and making countless appearances in the press, on TV and even in a movie! The nation – and indeed people way beyond our shores – seem to have taken Tornado to their heart.

In response to the many offers of help we received during Tornado’s annus horribilis, we decided to establish the ‘I 60163’ appeal to help close the funding gap and raise £60,163 from 100 people each donating £601.63 in up to six payments. We have already reached almost 50% of this initial target.

By donating £601.63 to the ‘I 60163’ appeal, you will receive:

  • An exclusive ‘I 60163’ car sticker
  • Access to view Tornado at all reasonable times
  • The Trust’s newsletters on a regular basis
  • The opportunity to attend the Trust’s Annual Convention
  • A special ‘I 60163’ day with No. 60163 Tornado
  • Your name inscribed on the Roll of Honour at Darlington Locomotive Works.

As you will be aware, in June 2019 The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust placed a £1m order for two new diagram 118a boilers – “an heir and a spare” – for its new Gresley class P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales and a spare for both it and No. 60163 Tornado. This will reduce the time out of traffic for each locomotive by around four months, increase the potential revenue earned during each operational cycle and reduce the cost of their overhauls. And by ordering both boilers at once, the Trust has saved a six-figure sum. The first new boiler, to be fitted to Tornado during her next overhaul, will be delivered in September 2020 with the second, to be fitted to Prince of Wales, scheduled to be delivered from DB Meiningen in July 2021. We have therefore decided to extend the ‘I 60163’ appeal to fund Tornado’s share of the spare boiler acquisition costs.

Since our ‘I 60163’ appeal was launched at our 25th Annual Convention in 2018, 47 supporters have generously donated to the fund, we would encourage those who have yet to support this appeal to consider coming on-board.

For more information, please visit www.a1steam.com, email or call 01325 460163.

You can download the appeal form here.

Back where she belongs, Tornado at Manchester Piccadilly after ‘The Bard of Avon’ tour – Nigel Valentine

The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.