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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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Welder Shortage Delays A1 Return

10 May 2024 Friday

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Over the last month the situation has been fluid, as happens with many projects as they reach their conclusion. There have been many variations to the plan, making updates before this time difficult as they would have risked being out of date as...

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Tender Wheelset Overhaul

08 April 2022

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Tornado‘s tender wheelsets were sent to South Devon Railway (Engineering) for retyring. The work is making good progress, as can be seen in the images below. They will be back at...

Overhaul Update from Darlington

08 April 2022

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The DLW team have been very busy over the past few weeks! Under the direction of the Locomotive Manager, Richard Pearson, and the Director of P2 Engineering, David Elliott, our team of dedicated...

April update from Loughborough

08 April 2022

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Work on Tornado’s overhaul by the team at Locomotive Maintenance services (LMS) continues in Loughborough. The locomotive has been stripped down to the frames which dominate the...

Supplier approval for new...

14 March 2022

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As part of the work to install ETCS (European Train Control System) onto Tornado and other steam locomotives in the U.K. a supply of Turbo Generators is required. DB Meiningen of...

Further Heavy Overhaul Update

11 March 2022

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Those of you who have followed previous reports will recognise that we are now seven weeks into the overhaul of Tornado.  Good progress has been made since we started.  From this...

The Trust appoints Director of...

09 March 2022

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To meet the demands of a growing organisation, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has created the position of Director of Marketing and Communications to oversee all aspects of PR, promotion and...

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