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.
NORTH YORKSHIRE MOORS RAILWAY
Friday 1st to Sunday 10th May – North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Spring Steam Gala
Web: www.nymr.co.uk; Tel: 01751 472508
WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY
Monday 25th May – Sunday 14th June
Website: www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk Tel 01643 704996
OTHER PRESERVED RAILWAYS
Plans for her first visits to other preserved railways are currently in development. Watch this page for further information.
VISITS TO DATE and ONGOING
NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
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
Weighing of Tornado in progress at the NRM.
Sets of specialist scales were located between the rails in the NRM’s running shed
20 October 2008
Tornado arrives for offloading at York …
and is installed in the Great Hall.
GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY
20 October 2008
Tornado 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
04 October 2008
Tornado and Oliver Cromwell helping to mark a Boys Brigade 125th anniversary celebration day
27 September 2008
Classic pictures of Tornado in service on the Great Central Railway
with hosts of admirers.
20 September 2008
Two notices at Quorn & Woodhouse station, Great Central Railway.
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.
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.