The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has released its 2021 plans for LNER A1 No. 60163 ‘Tornado’.
The Trust announced the plans at their virtual Annual Convention.
The 2021 Tour Programme will see around 25 tours operated, starting earlier in February 2021, with tours planned for a variety places, with help from both Tornado Railtours and also The Railway Touring Company, as well as “SRPS Railtours amongst others”, according to Graeme Bunker-James, Commercial Director at The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust.
The Aberdonian tour will remain at the Trust’s core, with also additional duties in Scotland likely to be announced.
Graeme also said that the trust arent clear on tours and work after September 2021 due to Tornado’s overhaul, which is approaching, as they want to be ready for 2022.
New for 2021, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust has been working on new tours. Valentines Day tours will visit Blyth and Tyne, as well as an evening tour from York to Harrogate.
In March 2021, Tornado will make its first-ever tour to Hull, which Tornado hasn’t been able to visit due to a bridge which needed repairs. Tweaks will be made to The Aberdonian, which will see Tornado running from Glasgow in April 2021.
As a highlight for 2021, Tornado and Flying Scotsman will work trains over the Settle and Carlisle line together in September.
Two days of trains will operate on the 16th and 18th September, with both Flying Scotsman and Tornado operating on the same days. The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust says that this is a “one-off”, with it being a costly operation to achieve.
Four trains will operate on the Settle and Carlisle Line, with one locomotive hauling trains each way.
Tickets for all 2021 tours will go on sale the 1st October 2020.
You can watch the full 2-hour long convention by clicking the video below:
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