Object of the Month

DSC05639 Small Our object of the month for December has been chosen by museum volunteer Les:

‘My first job as an apprentice at North Road Works was knocking rivets out of tyres and wheels.’ 

In 1990 a group of people came together to construct a brand new Peppercorn A1 Pacific. They formed The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and in 2008 No.60163 Tornado moved under its own power for the first time.

Tornado’s wheels were cast under a sponsorship agreement with William Cook Cast Products at Sheffield. Cooks made the patterns and cast all Tornado’s wheel centres. The finished driving wheel centre is 6’2” in diameter and has a 3” thick steel tyre shrunk onto it which can be replaced when the tyre becomes too thin.

The driving wheel pattern for Tornado No.60163 is on display at Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum.

Our previous objects of the month

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