I ♥ 60163 Appeal


‘I  60163’ fundraising campaign towards repairs

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity that built, owns and operates world-famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, has launched this campaign to mark Tornado’s 10th birthday and return to main line operations.

Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of stranded commuters in Kent; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway; the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years; featuring in two BBC documentaries, ‘Absolutely Chuffed – the Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and ‘Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine’, and starring in PADDINGTON 2 the movie.

Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented, “It’s hard to believe that No. 60163 Tornado has now been in traffic for over 10 years – and what a decade it has been! 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.

“Unfortunately, Tornado’s 10th Birthday year didn’t quite work out as planned and 2018 was a challenging year for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust following No. 60163’s failure on 14th April 2018 hauling her first 90mph train, ‘The Ebor Flyer’. Although much of the repair costs and loss of earnings have been covered by our insurance, unfortunately not all those costs could be recovered.

“In response to the many offers of help we have received, we have 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. And, now Tornado is back in steam, we would like to take the opportunity again to thank our supporters for their patience and continued support.”

The repairs to Tornado following her failure on 14th April 2018 hauling ‘The Ebor Flyer’ have included:

  • Reboring the outside valve liners
  • Manufacturing and fitting of new valve heads
  • Remetalling and machining of outside valve spindle crossheads
  • Rebushing of the outside valve chest covers
  • Renewing the left had outside union link and pins
  • Boring of, and replacement of pins in, the inside reversing gear
  • Exchanging and overhauling the front air pump
  • Replacing the blow down valves
  • Overhauling the mechanical lubricator and atomisers
  • Replacing some of the lubrication pipework
  • Fitting of three-pawl ratchet mechanism to lubricator in order to improve reliability
  • Following recent tyre turning, acquisition of a replacement set of coupled wheel tyres

In response to the many offers of help the Trust has received, we have 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.

By donating £601.63 to the  ‘I  60163’ appeal, supporters 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
  • Their name inscribed on the Roll of Honour at Darlington Locomotive Works.

You can download the appeal form here.


Following successful repairs at the Nene Valley Railway, Tornado moved to the Wensleydale Railway before re-entering traffic on the main line with ‘The Auld Reekie’ and ‘The Aberdonian’.  She has a full diary for 2019 and details of how you can travel with her can be found 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.