Project Milestones

Tornado, 8 August 2008
  • 1990 A1 Steam Locomotive Trust formally launched, 11 November
  • 1994 First and last components ceremonially presented (a bogie swivel pin and a regulator nut)
  • 1994 Construction starts (frame plates rolled at Scunthorpe), 22 April
  • 1995 Nameplates presented at the frame laying ceremony, January
  • 1995 First wheel cast
  • 1996 Three cylinder castings unveiled at Tyseley, 25 May
  • 1997 Frame displayed at the Great Hall at the National Railway Museum, March
  • 1997 Tornado unveiled at Darlington Locomotive Works
  • 1999 Smokebox door complete, Tornado's symbolic 'face'
  • 2000 Construction over 50% complete (Summer)
  • 2000 Wheelset added (Autumn)
  • 2004 The book value of Tornado components reaches 1 million pounds
  • 2004 First synchronous smooth wheel motion, 25 August
  • 2007 Boiler/firebox assembly fitted to frame, June
  • 2008 First static steaming, January
  • 2008 Tender completed, February
  • 2008 Tornado publicly launched, Darlington Locomotive Works, 1 August 2008
  • 2008 First passenger train hauled, preserved Great Central Railway. Loughborough, 21 September
  • 2008 Main line testing begins, National Railway Museum, York, 4 November
  • 2008 Third and final main line test run completed, York, 19 November
  • 2008 First full livery unveiled (minus nameplates), LNER Apple Green, York, 13 December
  • 2009 The Peppercorn Pioneer, the first passenger journey on the UK Main Line, 31 January 2009
  • 2009 Hauls her first Talisman from Darlington to Kings Cross, 7 February
  • 2009 - First London departures Waterloo and Victoria, 14 February
  • 2009 - First A1 to run on the Southern Region, 14 February
  • 2009 - Tornado was officially named by The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, 19 February
  • 2009 - Becomes only the 3rd steam locomotive to haul the Royal Train behind 6233 Duchess of Sutherland and 6024 King Edward 1st, 19 February
  • 2009 - Tornado made her first journey into Scotland with "The Auld Reekie Express" from York - Edinburgh, 28 February
  • 2009 - Tornado becomes the first A1 out of Edinburgh for 40 years with the North Briton from Edinburgh to York, 7 March
  • 2009 - First departure from Kings Cross, 18 April
  • 2009 - First A1 out of Kings Cross for 40 years, 18 April
  • 2009 - Hauls VSOE stock for the first time, 18 April
  • 2009 - BBC Top Gear Race filmed, 25 April 2009
  • 2009 - Suffers first mechanical failure at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 2 May 2009
  • 2009 - First A1 on the Great Western, 30 May 2009
  • 2009 - Top Gear Race to the North broadcast on BBC 2, 21 June
  • 2009 - First A1 and LNER/BR locomotive to run in Kent, 21st June
  • 2009 - Returns to Tyseley Works for Tyseley 101 Gala, 27/28th June