The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity that built, owns and operates world-famous 100mph new steam locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, has launched a new fundraising campaign to mark Tornado’s 10th birthday this year and imminent return to main line operations.
Since completion in Darlington in 2008, new Peppercorn class A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has covered over 100,000 miles and 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.
Mark Allatt, Trustee, The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, commented:
“It’s hard to believe that No. 60163 Tornado has now been in traffic for over 10 years – and what a decade it has been! Throughout these years we have had many highs and a few unfortunate lows; we have travelled the length and breadth of Great Britain, hauling main line charters and Royal Trains, visiting dozens of heritage railways & centres and making countless appearances in the press, on TV and even in a movie! The nation – and indeed people way beyond our shores – seem to have taken Tornado to their heart.
“Unfortunately, Tornado’s 10th Birthday year didn’t quite work out as planned and 2018 has been a challenging year for The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust following No. 60163’s failure on 14th April 2018 hauling her first 90mph train, ‘The Ebor Flyer’. Although much of the repair costs and loss of earnings have been covered by our insurance, unfortunately not all those costs could be recovered.
“In response to the many offers of help we have received, we have decided to establish the ‘I © 60163’ appeal to help close the funding gap and raise £60,163 from 100 people each donating £601.63 in up to six payments. And, now Tornado is back in steam, we would like to take the opportunity again to thank our supporters for their patience and continued support.”
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