Star of the show wherever it goes newly built Peppercorn class A1 4-6-2 Pacific number 60163 Tornado stands at Minehead after being re-coaled ready for service.
In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition - to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and after nineteen years of incredible effort that locomotive, No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.
Tornado is now fulfilling the dream, hauling specials on the mainline and giving joy to thousands of passengers and linesiders who want to witness the legend in action.
After its first major overhaul and service during the winter months Tornado has been released for further use with a new coat of paint, this time what is known as Brunswick Green by those who are avid enthusiasts of the days of British Railways.
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