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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There have been many variations to the plan, making updates before this time difficult as they would have risked being out of date as...

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First sod cut at the new...

04 March 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

Work has now officially begun on Darlington’s Railway Heritage Quarter which provides a new home for the Trust and will be at the heart of the Bicentennial Anniversary of the Stockton & Darlington...

Heavy overhaul update

25 February 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

The temporary workshop has been completed at Locomotive Maintenance Services, bar a few final touches, and the lighting and shelving are finished with items already in undercover storage, freeing...

An update on the progress of...

11 February 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

Tornado's current boiler was lifted today, Friday 11th February. In a change to the original plan, it will be transported to Meiningen to be serviced and returned to the UK. We are taking this...

Tornado overhaul update

11 February 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

Regular followers of Tornado will be aware that we took the difficult decision to withdraw her early from mainline operations in November last year following the discovery of wheel flats on the...

Tornado's overhaul commences

27 January 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

After a busy few days, Tornado rests inside the sheds at Locomotive Maintenance Services (LMS). The tender tank is off its frames to facilitate European Rail Traffic Management System (ETCS)...

Ben McDonald talks to...

24 January 2022

Tornado, Our Latest News

Ben McDonald is the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Group Engineering Director for Tornado and Prince of Wales as well as being a Great Central and RPSI volunteer. Nick Brodrick breaks into his busy...

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