A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado

  • Tornado to visit Nene Valley

    Tornado to visit Nene Valley

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    A1 Class No. 60163 Tornado will visit the Nene Valley Railway from March 28 to April 2 in celebration of its return to steam.

  • Tornado’s 2020 tour diary takes shape

    Tornado’s 2020 tour diary takes shape

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    PEPPERCORN ‘A1’ Pacific No. 60163 Tornado looks set to have another busy year on the national network in 2020 as more dates are added to the locomotive’s main line calendar. The first confirmed booking is the ‘Fen & Fells Flyer’ on April 4, which starts diesel-hauled in Cambridge, running via Ely, March and Peterborough, and down…

  • ‘Aberdonian’ success prompts return in 2020

    ‘Aberdonian’ success prompts return in 2020

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    TORNADO Railtours’ series of Edinburgh to Aberdeen day trips concluded on September 7 after a successful first season, with dates having been announced for next year’s trains.  The tours are hauled by ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado and will operate on July 23, September 3 and September 10, offering passengers a diverse selection of off-train excursions as…

  • Tornado set for ‘Great Britain’ debut

    Tornado set for ‘Great Britain’ debut

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    CONTINUING co-operation between West Coast Railways and The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust means Peppercorn ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado will make its debut on the ‘Great Britain’ landcruise train in 2020.  The 13th edition of the Railway Touring Company’s grand tour of England, Scotland and Wales will roll out of London King’s Cross behind the ‘A1’ on…

  • A1 Trust orders TWO new boilers from DB Meiningen

    A1 Trust orders TWO new boilers from DB Meiningen

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    GERMAN steam locomotive works Dampflokwerk Meiningen has been awarded the contract to construct the new Diagram 118a boiler for new-build LNER ‘P2’ 2-8-2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales. The £1million order by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) covers not only the boiler for the Gresley Mikado, but also a second identical boiler for the trust’s…

  • A1 trust reveals key design changes for new Gresley ‘V4’

    A1 trust reveals key design changes for new Gresley ‘V4’

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    THE A1 Steam Locomotive Trust (A1SLT) is making headway with preparations to launch its project to build new Gresley class ‘V4’ No. 3403 in the spring of 2020. The trust has also revealed some of the improvements it will incorporate into the design, based on 10 years’ operation of ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado. The design will largely…

  • West Coast takes on ‘Torbay’ and Tornado main line work

    West Coast takes on ‘Torbay’ and Tornado main line work

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    West Coast Railway Company has won more high-profile work after DB Cargo decided to reduce its main line steam activities.

  • Coming up in Issue 253 of HR: New V4: plan of action ahead of 2020 launch

    Coming up in Issue 253 of HR: New V4: plan of action ahead of 2020 launch

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    A BLUEPRINT for the strategy to build a new Gresley LNER V4 2-8-2 has been drawn up prior to the formal launch of the project. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, which 29 years ago drew up plans for a new Peppercorn A1 Pacific which materialised as No. 60163 Tornado and is now one of the…

  • Tornado returns to action with Scottish adventures

    Tornado returns to action with Scottish adventures

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    There was disappointment later in the day when Class 55 No. D9009 Alycidon failed on the return leg.

  • Tornado returns in ECML triumph – and plans a record run!

    Tornado returns in ECML triumph – and plans a record run!

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    Peppercorn A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado made its first main line passenger-carrying run for nearly 11 months on Sunday, March 3, hauling The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s ‘The Auld Reekie’ from Doncaster to Edinburgh. The A1 has been off the main line since its mishap while hauling the ‘Ebor Flyer’ from King’s Cross to York…

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