Five facts you need to know about 60163 Tornado steam locomotive

Shot of the 60163 Tornado.
A great shot of the 60163 Tornado in steam on a winter day.
A great shot of the 60163 Tornado in steam on a winter day.

Peppercorn A1 Pacific No. 60163 Tornado has helped revive the legacy of loco building in Darlington.

Originally designed by Arthur H Peppercorn, the last chief of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER), the A1s were the last in a line of famous express passenger steam locomotives set for the East Coast Main Line (LNER).

Written by Jonathan Webb, Darlington tells the story of how Tornado helped put Darlington’s legacy back on the map. Here are five things you may not have known about the revolutionary locomotive.

1. The original 49 Peppercorn Class A1s were ordered by the LNER after the nationalisation of the railways

As designed, they were ideally suited for the postwar world of poor maintenance and heavy trains, with their 50sq ft grate allowing them to use lower grade coal than their predecessors. The final five were even equipped with roller bearings enabling them to go for an average of 118,000 miles between heavy repairs, making the A1s the cheapest to run of all British steam locomotives in the same category.

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