Following the successful main line trials and certification Tornado will be in service on Network Rail. In between main line runs the locomotive will occasionally visit preserved railways with connections to the national network.



Friday 1st to Sunday 10th May – North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Spring Steam Gala

Web:; Tel: 01751 472508


Monday 25th May – Sunday 14th June

Website: Tel 01643 704996


Plans for her first visits to other preserved railways are currently in development. Watch this page for further information.



Tornado ia spending some time on exhibition and based operationally at the NRM during 2009.  Over the coming months, visitors to the National Railway Museum (NRM) will be able to get a close up view of Britain’s first locomotive to be built in 50 years.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s brand new locomotive starred on the Museum’s turntable between Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd February, following her naming on the 19th by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall. 

4th / 5th April 2009

BARROW HILL ROUNDHOUSE – for the weekend of 4th/5th April Tornado attended the Barrow Hill LNER Gala with Peppercorn class A2 60532 Blue Peter  which was specially re-painted in early BR apple green to match Tornado.  While at Barrow Hill footplate experience courses were available at £550 a head during the previous week , Covenantors getting a £50 discount off the price.

20th February 2009

27 October 2008

Tornado on the load-cell weighing device at NRM, YorkWeighing of Tornado in progress at the NRM.







The load-cell weighing device at NRM, York

Sets of specialist scales were located between the rails in the NRM’s running shed









  20 October 2008

Tornado arrives on low-loader at YorkTornado arrives for offloading at York  …







Tornado on the turntable in the NRM's Great Halland is installed in the Great Hall.








Tornado on display in the NRM's Great Hall









20 October 2008

Tornado on the A1 near DoncasterTornado and tender were loaded onto two road- transporter vehicles for the journey to the National Railway Museum, York.  Here the convoy is seen on the A1 near Doncaster on the route North.






11/12 October 2008

GCR Steam Gala

Tornado with TPO

Tornado at GCR Steam Gala with crowds

04 October 2008

Tornado and Oliver Cromwell helping to mark a Boys Brigade 125th anniversary celebration day

Tornado with Oliver Cromwell

Boys' Brigade 125th celebration headboard

27 September 2008

Classic pictures of Tornado in service on the Great Central Railway

Tornado at speed

with hosts of admirers.

Tornado and admirers


20 September 2008

Only Covenantors

Two notices at Quorn & Woodhouse station, Great Central Railway.








Tornado timetable











Bill Ford and Bruce Pollard of GCR and David Elliott of A1 Trust with Tornado in Quorn Station Yard, 20 August 2008
Bill Ford and Bruce Pollard of GCR and David Elliott of A1 Trust with Tornado in Quorn Station Yard, 20 August 2008

20 August 2008

Tornado moved from Darlington Locomotive Works to the Great Central Railway at Loughborough on August 19 2008 for commissioning and high speed testing. The locomotive underwent 60mph test runs while at the GCR. 



On shed at GCR Loughborough - in good company, 20 August 2008
On shed at GCR Loughborough – in good company, 20 August 2008

Following initial passenger trains reserved for the Trust’s covenantors and supporters on Sunday September 21 2008, Tornado started hauling passenger trains on the Great Central Railway from Monday September 22. Both the railway and Trust added extra events to the programme, including a run with Railway Vehicle Preservations’ famous Travelling Post Office set.



Tornado speed test