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A1SLT Signs Armed Forces Covenant

21 Jun 2024 Friday

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On the evening of Wednesday 12th June, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust officially signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant. The signatories were AVM Ranald Munro CB CBE TD VR DL, Brigadier Anna Kimber, Captain Will Blackett RN and, from the...

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Tornado Moves to the Great Central

24 May 2024 Friday

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On 23rd May, Tornado left the Locomotive Maintenance Services (LMS) works bound for the Great Central Railway (GCR).  Following arrival at the railway, there have been a number of small finishing and snagging jobs to complete, but...

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Welding Work Complete

21 May 2024 Tuesday

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We are pleased to report that the welding activity on the boiler of Tornado has been completed and a successful hydraulic test passed to the satisfaction of the inspector. Final reassembly continues with the cab refitted on Monday...

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This week in Darlington

05 August 2022

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​A round up of activity in the first week of August at Darlington Locomotive Works. The paid engineering staff and contractors work closely with volunteers to deliver testing and refurbishment of...

Tornado's driving wheels have...

02 August 2022

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It was recognised that as part of Tornado’s overhaul, the driving wheels would require new tyres, the first new set since the engine steamed in 2008. Since then, the wheels have covered...

Delays to Tornado's overhaul

28 July 2022

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From the start of the overhaul we have looked forward to Tornado being back in steam this summer. However we have uncovered more components in need of refurbishment and have also faced...

Further progress - July

22 July 2022

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Steady progress continues to be made on multiple fronts to ensure that the locomotive is ready for the return of the wheelsets and boiler.

Overhaul progress - July

18 July 2022

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An update from Locomotive Maintenance Services

Overhaul Extended

30 June 2022

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Tornado is currently undergoing a scheduled major overhaul, something that was planned for completion in June. Unfortunately, due to the impact of covid-19 on industry and manufacturing in...