Bachmann 32-550DSF

LNER A1 60163 'Tornado' BR Lined Green (Late Crest)

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Prototype Eras
Era 9 (1995 to 2004) Initial Privatisation
Era 10 (2005 to 2015) Rebuilding of the Railways

Manufacturer description

LNER A1 60163 'Tornado' BR Lined Green (Late Crest) - Sound Fitted

60163 Tornado is a main line coal-fired steam locomotive built in Darlington, County Durham, England. Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the last steam locomotive built by British Railways in 1960. It is the only example of an LNER Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive in existence, the entirety of the original production batch having been scrapped without preservation. The locomotive's namesake is the Panavia Tornado, a combat aircraft flown by the Royal Air Force from 1979 to 2019. In April 2017, Tornado became the first steam locomotive to officially reach 100 mph in over 50 years on British tracks.

Construction of Tornado began in 1994, and was at Darlington Works for most of the project, while numerous components such as the boiler were manufactured elsewhere. The project was financed through fundraising initiatives such as public donations and sponsorship deals; further funding came from hiring out Tornado itself for special rail services. Construction was completed in 2008, and full certification of the locomotive was achieved in January 2009. Having been designed with compliance to modern safety and certification standards, Tornado has been conducting passenger services on the UK rail network and on mainline-connected heritage railways since 2008.

Catalogue listing

Brand:
Bachmann
Range:
Branchline
Product Code:
32-550DSF
RRP:
£289.95
Release date:
2019

Model details

DCC status
DCC Sound Fitted
Finish
Pristine
Livery
Lined Green with Late Crest
Minimum radius curve
2nd Radius (438mm)
Name
Tornado
Running number
60163

Prototype information

Locomotive class*
London & North Eastern Railway A1 (Peppercorn)
Operator
British Railways
Motive power
Steam
Wheel arrangement
4-6-2
Max speed
100 mph
Designer
Arthur Peppercorn
Built
1948-1949
Total produced
50

* Class names often change over the lifespan of a locomotive, so this is not necessarily the class name used by the operator in the period modelled.

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