The Tornado Team, launched in February 2012, is an important and exciting new way of supporting the work of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.

Twenty two years ago a group of people came together with a vision to recreate a Peppercorn A1 Pacific.  In 2008 that vision became a reality as No. 60163 Tornado moved under its own power for the first time.  The Trust is now looking to the future and, most importantly, ensuring that the work of the last twenty two years is carried on by the next generation of steam enthusiasts.  Designed specifically with the younger Tornado fan in mind, we hope the Tornado Team will foster a genuine care for and understanding of the locomotive that will ensure the continuation of the work of the Trust for many years to come.

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 Tornado Team members with their loco at Barrow Hill on the 22nd September 2013 – Alexa Stott

The Tornado Team is for children aged 5 – 15 and costs £25.00 a year.  New members will receive a Tornado goody bag when they join.  Other benefits include:

  •  Newsletters twice a year to which Tornado Team members are encouraged to contribute their stories, pictures and questions.
  • A birthday message from Tornado.
  • Tornado Team events where members will have exclusive access to the engine and the people who look after it.

A Tornado Team membership would make an ideal birthday or Christmas present for a young Tornado fan.  Download and complete the application form and standing order form and return them to:

The Tornado Team, Darlington Locomotive Works, Hopetown Lane, Darlington, DL3 6RQ.

If you require further information on the Tornado Team or have any questions, please email

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‘Tornado Team’ members Samuel and Hannah Taylor help prepare the loco at Didcot – Stephen Taylor

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‘Tornado Team’ members at the unveiling in blue at Didcot, November 2012 – Ian McDonald