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The Overhaul Club

It is recognised that steam locomotives, like teenagers, are expensive creatures and so it follows that Tornado is no different!

Now in her 14th year , Tornado is in for an intermediate overhaul. To help fund this engineering work, we have launched ‘The Overhaul Club’ to raise a target of £50,000 to supplement the capital already set aside. Donations to this Club will compensate for the interruption to our expected earnings caused by the pandemic, and early withdrawal from service. We invite supporters to donate £1,000 as a lump sum, or in instalments, by completing the form below. 

Familiar to the teenage experience, we plan to give the locomotive a full make over before it takes its exams in the new year. Work to be done includes:

  • Boiler work - complete and boiler delivered back to Darlington.
  • New tyres for driving wheels and the tender - complete, returned and wheels painted.
  • Machining and fitting of new cylinder liners - complete.
  • Preparation for fitment of European Train Control System - substancial progress made.
  • Plus many other component overhaul, repairs and replacement.

At odds with other guardians of teenagers, we will be delighted to see it smoking at the back of the shed at the end of the day!

All whimsy aside, October 2021 marked Tornado no longer being the ‘youngest’ A1, as the locomotive overtakes No.60153 Flamboyant for time in traffic. As the engine gets older it will inevitably require more frequent attention from our Maintenance Engineers. We hope that our supporters will recognise this and consider increasing their monthly Covenants, one off donations and bequeaths to ensure that Tornado continues to make history on the mainline. Click here to discover more ways to support No.60163.

Join by Post

If you would like to support No. 60163 by becoming a member of The Overhaul Club then mailing the forms below will enable you to do so. There are two forms to download:

The first form confirms your personal data and the amount that you would like to donate – please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete and return it to us at the address shown.

The second form confirms your bank details, please DOWNLOAD, print out, complete in full and return it along with the donation form, we will then forward it to your bank.

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