SUCCESSFUL APPEAL TO CELEBRATE TORNADO’S 10th BIRTHDAY AND RETURN TO MAIN LINE
‘I ♥ 60163’ fundraising campaign towards repairs
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 are delighted to announce that thanks to our supporters’ on-going generosity this appeal has reached its target and is now closed.
With all eyes now on Tornado’s next major overhaul and the delivery of the first of our two new diagram 118a boilers in September 2020 we are currently working on a new fundraising
appeal to support these activities – please watch out for more details.
By donating £601.63 to the ‘I ♥ 60163’ appeal, donors received:
- 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 therefore decided to extend the ‘I ♥ 60163’ appeal to fund Tornado’s share of the spare boiler acquisition costs.
For more information, please visit www.a1steam.com, email or call 01325 460163.
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.