SR466 News Highlight: Tornado makes 100mph history

Reaching 100mph is the “culmination” of the project to build Tornado, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s Mark Allatt has told Steam Railway

New-build 'A1' No. 60163 Tornado - the first British steam locomotive to officially do 100mph since 1967 - at speed. ROBIN COOMBES

New-build 'A1' No. 60163 Tornado - the first British steam locomotive to officially do 100mph since 1967 - at speed. ROBIN COOMBES

The new-build Peppercorn ‘Pacific’ officially became the first British steam engine to achieve the symbolic figure since 1967, during a night-time trial in the early hours of April 12. The speed was reached on the return leg of a trip from Doncaster to Newcastle and back.

Tornado undertook the unannounced trial run as part of progress towards the A1 Trust’s long-held ambition to haul passenger trains at 90mph, rather than the current 75mph limit.

  • To read the full, exhaustive story of this special run – including timing data and on train analysis, see the new issue of Steam Railway.