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Annual Convention

Annual Convention

Last year’s convention was held at Blackwell Grange Hotel, Darlington, on Saturday 22nd October, including a visit to Darlington Locomotive Works. The details for this year's convention will be announced later in 2023. All Supporters are welcome to attend this popular event!

Darlington Locomotive Works is open to the public on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month from 10:00hrs until 15:00hrs. This is a wonderful opportunity to view the latest progress on No. 2007 Prince of Wales, view the roll of honour listing our donors, and meet with our team of volunteers. The Trust and its locomotives moved to a brand new locomotive works this summer. From Saturday 19th August, Open Days will recommence. 

On the Road

We often attend events to meet new audiences. This year you’ll find our stand at:

  • TBA

Talks and Presentations

The Trust regularly gives fascinating presentations to interested groups on our work; how we built and now, how we operate Tornado and how we are building Prince of Wales as part of our ongoing Educational remit, and many of these talks are free and open to the public.

We can promise you a most interesting and entertaining occasion!

Scheduled Presentations (updated 20th August 2023):

  • 17th October 2023 - Consett Men's Forum, Graham Nicholas, A1
  • 6th November 2023 - Manchester Locomotive Society, Graham Nicholas, P2
  • 5th December 2023 - Hemsworth Probus Mans Group Group, Gary Hughes, A1
  • 7th December 2023 - Buxton Branch of Peak Rail Asssociation, Graham Nicholas, P2
  • 8th December 2023 - Leicester Area Group - GCR Supporters, Graham Langer, P2
  • 14th February 2024 - Hexham Beacon Club, Graham Nicholas, P2
  • 25th March 2024 - RCTS Maidenhead and Windsor  Branch, Chris Ardy, P2
  • 11th September 2024 - U3A Northallerton, Graham Nicholas, A1 & P2

Recent feedback includes

“A truly exceptional event – highly informative and entertaining from a brilliant speaker.”

“This must be one of the most interesting talks that I have attended. This was enhanced by the fact that the speaker was so directly involved and hands on. The tornado project has so captured the public’s interest. It was a privilege to have attended this event. Thanks to all involved.”

To arrange your own lecture or wish to attend one full details can be found here

We can usually offer speakers nationwide, and we have lectured all over the UK, on Cruise liners; on one occasion a talk was given to the Shanghai Steam Club in China! We have also given a talk to the Indian National Steam Congress in Delhi.

We welcome all enquires, from small local groups to large corporate events. If you would like to book or attend a presentation, please contact Chris Ardy at detailing your group’s background, date required, location, and attendance numbers expected.

Our superb PowerPoint slide and digital video media Presentation can be easily adjusted to suit your group’s meeting from 45 to 120 minutes (Q & A sessions always welcome) We do ask that a digital media projector and screen are provided, with audio sound. Our speaker can normally can bring their own lap-top to plug-in, together with a selection of  our Tornado Official merchandise to sell if required.

Whilst the Trust does not charge a fee for these Lectures, we do ask that you please kindly consider making a most appreciated donation, all of which goes towards Tornado’s upkeep and now the building of Prince of Wales.

May we suggest for larger or Corporate events a minimum donation of £500 or £100 for smaller clubs/societies. (Just £40 for very small groups with less than 40 members) Travel expenses, plus a hotel, should your location deem it necessary, are respectfully required for all our speakers. You may download a Donation form

A complete Lecture resume, synopsis and suggested titles will be sent upon your confirmed booking request. Delegate leaflets will be provided.