Peppercorn

  • 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…

  • ‘King’, ‘A4’ and debutant ‘9F’ steal show at Moors line gala spectacular

    ‘King’, ‘A4’ and debutant ‘9F’ steal show at Moors line gala spectacular

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    THE North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) pulled off what might be regarded as one of the biggest steam galas of the 2000s on September 27-29, which not only featured a hugely impressive locomotive line-up, but also illustrated how far the line’s motive power department has come in a relatively short timeframe. It was only in…

  • 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…

  • 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.

  • Whirlwind through Wensleydale

    Whirlwind through Wensleydale

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    February’s high-profile visit of Peppercorn A1 No. 60163 Tornado to the Wensleydale Railway not only brought in the crowds and saw sell-out-trains well out of the peak season, but also highlighted the still-to-be-unlocked full potential of this scenic route as a heritage line. Robin Jones reports. It seems that the dales had never seen anything…

  • Tornado salutes the Tornado as aircraft finishes active service

    Tornado salutes the Tornado as aircraft finishes active service

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    PEPPERCORN ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado paid a symbolic tribute to the aircraft that gave it its name during its stay on the Wensleydale Railway.  Three of the fighter bombers performed a nationwide farewell flypast from their base at RAF Marham in Norfolk on February 9, flying over Rutland, the West Midlands, north Wales, Lincolnshire and Yorkshire…

  • Pathfinder announces triple dose of Tornado trips

    Pathfinder announces triple dose of Tornado trips

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    A TRIO of Bristol-based trains hauled by Peppercorn ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado has been announced by Pathfinder Tours. The new-build ‘Pacific’ has added the tours to its itinerary as it gets set for a return to the main line on February 9’s ‘North Briton’ from Leicester to Carlisle. ‘The Summer Cornishman’ on June 23 is a…

  • Wensleydale beckons for resurgent Tornado

    Wensleydale beckons for resurgent Tornado

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    THE A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s flagship Peppercorn Pacific No. 60163 Tornado will break new ground for the type later this month when it visits the Wensleydale Railway (WR). Tornado ventured back onto the main line on January 15 – the first time since its failure on the ‘Ebor Flyer’ last April.  This move followed lengthy repairs…

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