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ETCS Installation Progress

12 Nov 2022 Saturday

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Our Director of Electrical Engineering, Rob Morland, and Design Engineer, Alan Parkin, completed a successful three days at Locomotive Maintenance Services (LMS) in Loughborough.  Most of the work was on Tornado's tender.  Alan...

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The new V4, No. 3403, will be...

26 Oct 2022 Wednesday

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The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) is pleased to announce that their next new build steam locomotive project will be called Highlander. Announced at the A1SLT Annual Convention on Saturday 22nd October, following consultation with...

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Darlington Locomotive Works 2

10 Oct 2022 Monday

We are delighted to bring you a regularly updated review of progress from the construction of our new 'home' in Darlington.

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Tornado, Prince of Wales, Anon


Early in 2021 Darlington Council made public their ambitions for the Railway Heritage Quarter and residents and businesses were invited to have their say on the proposals for the redevelopment of the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway...

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Finance and Fundraising

20 December 2007

Tornado, Our Latest News

The funding gap needed to be bridged to complete Tornado has shrunk from £55,052 to £49,434 over the past month. Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust commented: "With less...

Track laid at Darlington !

17 December 2007

Tornado, Our Latest News

As part of the Trust’s preparation for Tornado’s steam test in early January the first phase of track laying at Darlington Locomotive Works has now been completed. Here we have the first...

Tender frames arrive in...

07 December 2007

Tornado, Our Latest News

Yesterday, Thursday 6th December marked another significant milestone in the progress towards completion - the tender frames arrived in Darlington from builder Ian Howitt Ltd.   using a mobile...

Trust featured on BBC

06 December 2007

Tornado, Our Latest News

On Monday 3rd the BBC's "Working Lunch" programme ran a very good feature on the work of The Trust; this can be viewed at:

Boiler arrives in Darlington

16 July 2006

Tornado, Our Latest News

LAST MAJOR HURDLE OVERCOME AS BOILER FOR TORNADO ARRIVES IN DARLINGTON The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity that is building the first new mainline steam locomotive in Britain...

Tornado to be tested at Great...

25 August 2005

Tornado, Our Latest News

Tornado set to strike at the Great Central Railway! Britain’s first new mainline steam engine to be built in 50 years will have a mainline home right from the moment it turns it’s first...