This page is dedicated to the A1 locomotive (4-6-2) 60163 "Tornado" which was built in 2008 at Darlington, County Durham, England.

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, the registered charity which built, owns and operates the steam locomotive 60163 Tornado, has announced a main line tours programme for 2017 with excursions running until October. Steam enthusiasts in the north east of England will surely be interested in The Tees-Tyne Express which is travelling towards York, Durham and Newcastle on Saturday, October 7th. Be sure to visit the UK Railtours website for more information or there are various sites you can search for times nearer the date. For details of how to help, or where to travel behind Tornado, visit, email or call 01325 460163. "Tornado" the £3m locomotive was completed at Darlington Locomotive Works in 2008 after 18 years of construction and fundraising and named by TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall the following year.

"Tornado" hauling "The Silver Jubilee Talisman" on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 as she heads northbound at speed through Northallerton Station. See the top of the right hand column for two more action shots.

"Tornado" back in her green livery as she headed northbound hauling "The Silver Jubilee Talisman" through Northallerton Station on Saturday, September 26th, 2015.

Following her boiler maintenance in 2013, how nice it was to see "Tornado" back on the rails in June of that year. She is seen here hauling "The Elizabethan" northbound just outside of Thirsk in North Yorkshire.

My last view of "Tornado" northbound, near Thirsk, just before she disappeared out of sight. How nice to see her in blue - but, personally, I prefer her in green!

"Tornado" leaving Goathland station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on October 4th, 2013 and heading for Levisham and Pickering. Photograph © Rowland Taylor and used with thanks.

"Tornado" at Bradbury on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012, hauling "The Elizabethan" southbound towards Darlington. This was taken from Mordon Bridge just outside of Sedgefield. Sadly those overhead electric cables can spoil a good photograph - but there are not many steam engines around these days!

One of several photographs I took of Tornado at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire on April 12th, 2012. There was a three-day steam festival at this location during April with many locomotives on display including "Mallard," "Bittern," "Blue Peter" and "Green Arrow".

A nice view of the front part of "Tornado" at Barrow Hill in Derbyshire. It was great to get so close to this magnificent machine.

In steam and great to see a nice shine on those wheels!

Some really magnificent views of "Tornado" from various angles to please the steam enthusiasts viewing this page. The five images above were all taken at Barrow Hill, in Derbyshire, on April 12th, 2012.

"Tornado" and the A4 Pacific 4468 "Mallard" seen here just south of Thirsk headed for Locomotion: The National Railway Museum in Shildon, County Durham. "Mallard" arrived at Shildon on June 23rd, 2010 and was there for just over a year. She returned to the main hall at the NRM in York on July 22nd, 2011. Click on the image to see it full size. Photograph © Stan Laundon. Be sure to see other photographs of "Mallard" on our Steam page.

A wonderful sight for steam enthusiasts - "Tornado" and "Mallard" side by side at Shildon in June, 2010. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

Hundreds of enthusiasts turned out in force to see "Tornado" at Shildon in June, 2010, having hauled "Mallard" from the NRM in York. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

"Tornado" at Eaglescliffe on Teesside - Saturday, April 24th, 2010. Having travelled down from Durham she took the freight route, through Norton and Stockton, before eventually stopping at Darlington North Road - her birthplace. She later moved to the Railway Museum in Shildon. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

The A1 Peppercorn class "Tornado" just south of Thirsk heading towards Newcastle on March 12, 2009. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

The A1 Peppercorn class 60163 "Tornado" running on the east coast main line. Here she was hauling the "Tyne Tornado" on March 12th, 2009. She left Newcastle for York on the morning and returned late afternoon. This photograph, one of several, was taken as she approached Thirsk, in North Yorkshire. Photograph © Stan Laundon.

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