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LNER A1 Tornado

Join the NVR to celebrate the return to steam of LNER No 60163 Tornado


Saturday 30th, Sunday 31st March, Monday 1st April

Adult Rover with free Thomas shuttle Trip £25.00
Child Rover with free Thomas shuttle Trip £15.00
Thomas only £5.00

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In 1990 a group of people came together to share an extraordinary ambition – to build a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and, after 19 years of incredible effort, locomotive No 60163 Tornado moved under its own power for the first time in 2008.

The A1s were designed by Arthur H Peppercorn, the last Chief Mechanical Engineer of the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER). They were the last in a line of famous express passenger steam locomotives for the East Coast Main Line, which included the Stirling Singles, the Ivatt Atlantics and the Gresley Pacifics.

This website (https://www.a1steam.com/tornado/about-tornado/the-build/the-building-of-tornado) tells the story of Tornado’s construction, an amazing tale of cooperation, skill and sheer hard graft which defied the critics who said it could never be done. 

The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is 393 miles long. The line was built during the 1840s by three railway companies: the North British Railway, the North Eastern Railway, and the Great Northern Railway. In 1923, the Railway Act of 1921 led to their amalgamation to form the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the line became its primary route. The LNER competed with the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS) for long-distance passenger traffic between London and Scotland. The A1 class was designed by Arthur H Peppercorn for the London & North Eastern Railway and 49 were built in 1948/49 by British Railways. 

Join the NVR for a full weekend of celebrations

The Fenman Jolly Fisherman Fish and Chips Service, Saturday 30th March 

Driving Experience Course, Drive and Fire Tornado 28th and 29th March 

East Coast Freight Storm

Trade Stands

If you are heading out to see 60163, please remember to follow the rules of the railway and only go where permitted as the railway will be very busy over the weekend with many trains running. The locomotive can be safely seen in action at our stations. Please do not encroach onto the railway or running lines. The safety of all our customers is paramount, together with the safe running of the trains. Our lineside is clearly marked and fenced off for the safety of everyone. Please make this visit a safe and enjoyable one for everyone. Stay safe and away from the running lines. 

Car Parking

If you are travelling by road, please note the car parking arrangements below:


Please ensure you bring your tickets either on your smartphone or printed off to present on arrival at our Stations or to a Travelling Ticket Inspector on the train.

All children are to be accompanied by a paying adult.