(The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust Images)
Milestone passed near Pickering on Sunday 11th March 2018
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity behind famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, is delighted to announce that the locomotive achieved 100,000 miles in service since completion in 2008 just outside Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on Sunday 11th March 2018 whilst hauling the last train of the day to Grosmont.
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has seen service on the Network Rail main line and heritage railways right across Great Britain. Highlights have included three Royal Trains including the naming by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in February 2009; BBC Top Gear ‘Race to the North’ with Jeremy Clarkson on the footplate; ‘The Winton’ train to commemorate the 70th anniversary on the Kinder Transport; the rescuing of stranded commuters in Kent; the re-opening of the Settle to Carlisle Railway; the first steam locomotive in the UK to achieve 100mph for 50 years; featuring in two BBC documentaries, ‘Absolutely Chuffed: the Men Who Built a Steam Engine’ and ‘Tornado the 100mph Steam Engine’; and starring in Paddington 2 the movie.
No. 60163 Tornado was named in honour of the crews who flew RAF Tornado fast jets during the first Gulf War in 1990/91 when the project to build the new Peppercorn class A1 steam locomotive was launched. The locomotive originally carried crests from the Tri-National Tornado Training Establishment (TTTE) and RAF Cottesmore on its nameplates but following the closure of the former and the transfer of the latter to other uses, Tornado now carries the crests of RAF Leeming (former Tornado base close to Darlington) and RAF Marham (current home of the Tornado Force).
Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“This summer No. 60163 Tornado is celebrating her 10th birthday and remains the only new main line steam locomotive to be completed in Britain since 1960 despite over 20 standard gauge new build projects being launched. Tornado’s first 100,000 miles have seen the locomotive criss-cross Great Britain, a testimony to those supporters who stuck with the project over the 18 years that it took to fundraise and build – ‘This locomotive was built and paid for by people who shared a vision and were determined to turn it into reality’.”
Graeme Bunker-James, Operations Director added:
“Keeping Tornado on the Network Rail main line is expensive and time consuming and so the Trust is always seeking new supporters and volunteers to come on board. This year will see both the 10th anniversary of Tornado’s completion and the 100th anniversary of the RAF’s formation and we will be seeking to mark both milestones in an appropriate manner – watch this space!”
Tornado’s packed diary for 2018 includes:
- Friday 16th to Sunday 18th March – Severn Valley Railway
- Saturday 24th March – ‘The Sulis and Sarum Express’ – West Midlands Stations to Bath and Salisbury – bookings through UK Railtours
- Friday 30th March to Monday 2nd April – East Lancashire Railway
- Saturday 14th April – ‘The Ebor Flyer’ – first 90mph train – London to York – SOLD OUT
- Saturday 21st April – Midland Railway Centre
- Saturday 28th April – ‘The Ynys Mon Express’ – East Midlands and North Staffordshire stations to North Wales Coast – SOLD OUT
- Tuesday 3rd to Sunday 13th May – Nene Valley Railway
- Saturday 19th May – ‘The Canterbury Tale’ – Peterborough, St. Neots, Stevenage, Potters Bar and Finsbury Park to Canterbury and Dover Coast – bookings through UK Railtours
- Friday 25th to Tuesday 29th May – Bluebell Railway
- Saturday 2nd June – ‘The Yorkshire Pullman’ – Belmond British Pullman luxury train from London to York and Scarborough – bookings through UK Railtours
- Saturday 21st July – ‘The Talisman’ – London to Durham and Newcastle. Return journey with Deltic diesel locomotive D9009 Alycidon – bookings through UK Railtours
- Wednesday 1st August – ‘The Mad Hatter’ – 10th anniversary train – Darlington, York and Wakefield to Chester – bookings through UK Railtours
- Saturday 11th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour I’ – Bristol to Appleby via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
- Wednesday 15th August – ‘The Settle & Carlisle Golden Tour II’ – Didcot to Appleby, return via Carlisle – Pathfinder Tours
- Saturday 18th August – ‘The Bard of Avon’ – Manchester Piccadilly to Stratford-upon-Avon – bookings through UK Railtours
- Sunday 2nd September – ‘The Torbay Express’ – Bristol to Kingswear – Torbay Express
- Saturday 8th September – ‘The Devonian’ – Birmingham to Plymouth and return (Tornado Bristol – Plymouth – Birmingham) – bookings through UK Railtours
The Trust respectfully requests that anyone wanting to see Tornado follows the rules of the railway and only goes where permitted.