Issue Date: 21/09/2008
Issue Name: Tornado's 1st Trial Run
Producer: Buckingham Covers
The First Steam Train in 50 Years. In 2008, 18 years of hard work and dreaming paid off with the first trial run of Britain's new steam train, Tornado. On Wednesday 9 January 2008, the hard won £3 million came together as the first lumps of coal were shovelled into the newly built A1 Pacific No 60163 Tornado by the widow of the man who designed the class. It was the first time since 1960 that a fire had been lit in a new steam locomotive built for the UK network. On top of that, it has been over 50 years since we've had a new standard gauge express passenger steam locomotive, over 40 years since an A1 has been seen in action and 50 years since a steam loco was last built in Darlington.
This cover celebrates Tornado's trial run. It is part of our stunning Tornado cover series and features artwork by famous railway artist, John Wigston. The cover bears a special Tornado, Loughborough postmark and was carried onboard the first steam trials.
The last of the renowned Peppercorn Class 'A1' steam locomotives was, tragically scrapped in 1966. However, a brand new 'A1' No.60163 Tornado is now being bought to life.
Since 1990 the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust - a registered charity - has been building a completely new A1 to the original design and with the help of the latest tehnology. Fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics, Tornado is fully equipped for today's main line railway.
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