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Background of the A1 class: the original 49 A1s built in 1948-49. The original idea for Tornado and the formation of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust; raising the funding for the project; sourcing information on the A1s; design and drawings. The construction of Tornado: frames; wheels; cylinders; motion and valve gear; boiler and smokebox/exhaust; pipework and fittings; electricals; brake and safety equipment; tender; painting and lining. Certification to run on the main line: requirements and process explained. Main-line operation: planning a main-line excursion; work required on the locomotive before each run; coal; water; driver and firemen comments. Maintenance: both routine and long-term. First year of operation: a review of the loco's activities, both on main-line and preserved railways. Appendices include key specifications and facts about Tornado, a timeline of significant events during the build process, and a list of commercial sponsors of the project. Original hardback version ISBN 978 1 84425 989 2
Geoff Smith is one of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust volunteers. A chartered chemical and energy engineer, he was technical director for a major UK-based energy and environmental consultancy company until retirement in 2008. He lives in Leyland, Lancashire.
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