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The A1 - 'Tornado'

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Not just another steam engine - THE most important British steam locomotive in the past
50 years. It's the A1 Peppercorn class, number 60163 called 'Tornado'. Have a guess how old it is. 50, 60 years old? Wrong. It was finished in August last year. Yes, it is only 6 months old. And it is lovely. Seen here in January 2009 in the workshop in York's NRM, the National Railway museum.
Amazing - the first steam engine to be build since 1960. More about it on the official website here: www.a1steam.co.uk .

I will keep this page updated as a mini-blog dedicated to the A1.

Update 06/02/09: The A1 has completed its first long distance passenger run. It travelled from its Darlington home to London Kings Cross today at speeds of up to 75 mph. See the BBC news story, with video, here:

A passenger today was quoted on the BBC saying "In these dark days, to have something like this is absolutely brilliant". He is so right. This decade - the seriously worst in recent times - now has a shining light, a happy positive focal point. To the people who made this happen, all the directors, the engineers, the contributors, Dorothy Mather, Mark Allatt, the people who paid into and made this engine, and of course Arthur Peppercorn - you built a wonderful, magnificent thing for us to marvel at. To all of you I raise a glass, and humbly thank you for bringing massive joy to me, my 3 year old son, and all who will enjoy the beautiful A1 for the rest of our lifetimes.

29th Jan 2009, 00:09   | tags:,,,,

JokerXL says:

Yes I saw this on the news.
Must be worth millions, all hand crafted.

29th Jan 2009, 14:00

540air says:

Looks impressive and like JXL said, must be worth millions.

29th Jan 2009, 16:06

Richcolour says:

Yes, £3million it cost, and took about 18 years to build!

Someone took off it's funnel here, and some other bits.

29th Jan 2009, 16:40

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29th Jan 2009, 17:37

Mauri9ce says:

Just come back from riding on the first main line 60163 service. A perfect run from York to Newcastle and back. 75mph most of the time.

2nd Feb 2009, 15:08

ttttt says:

looks good Wish that There was 2

18th Oct 2010, 02:44

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