John Austin - Tornado - A1 60163 (W)
60163 Tornado Blank Fathers Day Birthday Card by John Austin FGRA
Probably the greatest achievement of the Preserved Steam era, the building of a Peppercorn A1 pacific from scratch at Doncaster shows the strength, courage and ability of members of the movement.
While the locomotive is close enough to the original specification not to require a severe testing by National Rail, the opportunity was taken to improve on certain design aspects that proved troublesome in service. Hence the new loco, 60163 'Tornado' can be seen as the epitome of the class and has shown it with some breathtaking runs up and down the nation.