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The Tornado Story: From Dream to Steam


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This talk will cover background, history, construction and test runs of this Peppercorn class A1 steam locomotive.

Date and Time

27 March 2013 - 18:30-20:00


Chelmsford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Organised by the Essex local network. Contact Mike Gibson for more information.

About this event

The new £3m Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific steam locomotive was built over almost 20 years by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, a registered Charity, at its Darlington Locomotive Works. Based on the lucky discovery of the surviving drawings of the original Peppercorn Class A1s and completed in 2008, it was fitted with additional water capacity and the latest railway safety electronics making it fully equipped for today’s mainline railway. During 2012 Tornado achieved 60,000 miles of mainline running and is now well established as a reliable powerful locomotive for the nationwide rail charter tour market.

This talk will cover the history of the A1 Locomotive Trust and give a brief history of the class of locomotive. The construction of the Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific Steam Locomotive by the Trust will be illustrated using original engineering drawings. First test runs in 2008 and then fast mainline trials leading to public service entry in 2009 will be shown. Finally we will explore the future aspirations of the Trust for a concept to build a new LNER P2 class locomotive.


Rob Morland CEng FIET - Trustee of A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

Rob Morland is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET. A communication engineer by training, Rob started his career designing custom ICs at Philips before joining design consultancy PA Technology in 1981. He moved on to another Cambridge consultancy, Scientific Generics, in 1989 and had a spell with start-up wireless operator Ionica in the late 1990s. He ran Generics' Communications Division and then Sagentia's Telecomms and Media practice before leading a spinout company through its first 18 months under its new owners. In 2009 he set up his own company, Astutim, the purpose of which is to help companies make money out of technology.


18:00    Registration and refreshments
18:30    Lecture starts
20:00    Lecture ends

Additional information

This event is jointly organised by the IET Essex Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Chelmsford Science and Engineering Society (CSES).

Contact: Mike Gibson

Please note: There has been a change of venue/room from that previously advertised. This event will now take place in PMI001, Main Lecture Theatre, Postgraduate Medical Institute, Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford CM1 1SQ.. See map for more details

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