….. and his train filled the temple.” [Isaiah 6.1]
60163 Tornado is a mainline steam locomotive built in Darlington, England. Completed in 2008, Tornado was the first such locomotive built in the United Kingdom since Evening Star, the very last steam locomotive built by British Railways, in 1960. It is the only example of a LNER Peppercorn Class A1 Pacific locomotive in existence, the entirety of the original production batch having been scrapped without preservation. Construction of Tornado began in 1994, being based at Darlington Locomotive Works for most of the project, while numerous components were manufactured elsewhere – the boiler, for example, being constructed in Germany. The project was financed through fundraising initiatives such as public donations and sponsorship deals; further funding came from hiring Tornado herself on special service runs. 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.