A1 tender appeal hits target – but more needed

AN APPEAL to raise £200,000 to buy 101mph Peppercorn A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornados tender has reached its target.

The 163 Pacifics Club – The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s fundraising facility – was launched in September 2013 to buy the locomotive’s tender from principal sponsor William Cook Cast Products Ltd, and has reached its initial target of £200,000 pledged.

LNER A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado passes Plawsworth, returning from Newcastle to Derby with UK Railtours’ ‘Tees-Tyne Express’ on October 7. HENRY ELLIOTT

Tornado’s tender is leased to the trust under a 15-year loan agreement, which will end in 2021. William Cook chairman Sir Andrew Cook CBE offered to finance the construction of the tender in 2006, allowing funds being raised to be spent on the engine.

Tornado’s tender is a development of those built for the original Peppercorn A1s, mainly due to the different operating environment on the modern main line. Because of the lack of surviving steam infrastructure, Tornado’s tender carries 6200 gallons, as opposed to 5000 gallons, and seven tons of coal, rather than nine tons in the original A1s.

Read more in Issue 234 of HR – on sale now!

Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.