Steam locomotive 60163 Tornado update – movements at York!

A1 60163 Tornado at the National Railway Museum
Credit: Richard Pearson

The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has released an update on Ex-LNER A1 No. 60163 Tornado, after weeks of storage at the National Railway Museum.

Most of our readers will be aware that just before lockdown, Tornado was moved from the Wensleydale Railway to the National Railway Museum. This was supposed to be ahead of the first tour of the year, but instead, it gave the Trust a secure place to stable the locomotive and support coach.

Earlier this month, a visit was permitted by the NRM, and A1SLT Locomotive Manager Richard Pearson travelled to York to conduct some small tasks and check on the electrical systems.

Tornado at the National Railway Museum
Credit: Richard Pearson

During the visit, Richard fitted a trickle charger to 60163 Tornado and tests on the electrical system has shown the Tornado’s batteries were all in good order. The support coach was connected to mains power, and this also seems to be in good order.

Tornado has been undercover in the Museum’s prep bay, and since this is known for roosting pigeons, the boiler barrel was sheeted over to protect the paintwork. The advantage of this is that the motion has been protected from the elements. Richard has reported that an extra layer of oil has been applied to save rust forming.

Tornado and support coach at the National Railway Museum
Credit: Richard Pearson

Grease was added to the axle box bearings before it was moved down the yard and back to distribute this around the bearings.


The Trust has left the boiler full and dosed with water treatment to reduce the corrosion. An exam will be completed before the locomotive returns to traffic.

Tornado at the National Railway Museum York
Credit: Richard Pearson

The running boards and tender sides were washed down before leaving York to remove signs of the roosting pigeons.

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  1. Do the people that write these articles have any real knowledge of what they are writing about? Tornado is not an ex LNER engine, its a new build, yes of course it based on one, but that doesnt make it one, thats my view anyway!

  2. Hi all, well done to all those who are having to look after the precious locomotives and stocks of the preservation organisations around the world; especially here in the U.K.
    Future generations will now realise and appreciate this fact and support the heritage movement I am sure!
    My sincere thanks to one and all.
    Regards, Jeff Foddy (an old coal burner and enthusiast)
    ps. Can’t wait for the return of the Duke of Gloucester loco!!!!👍


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