Award for steam train builders

THE organisation behind the first steam locomotive to be built in Britain for almost 50 years has been honoured for the achievement.

The Doncaster-designed Tornado has been awarded the prestigious Sir Henry Royce Foundation Memorial Award, which honours achievement and excellence in engineering, by The Worshipful Company of Carmen in London.

The award, whose previous winners include The Ford Motor Company and Rolls-Royce, was presented to Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, and David Elliott, director of engineering, by the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Ian Luder.

Dr Cedric Ashley CBE, Trustee of The Sir Henry Royce Memorial Foundation, said: "This was not an award for nostalgia but an award for achievement and engineering excellence. Tornado incorporated many new features such as a fully welded boiler and had all the braking and control equipment to meet current British rail standards.

"The integration of steam traction and current electronic technology is noteworthy."

Speaking about the award, Mark Allatt, chairman of The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, which was initially set up in Doncaster, added: "The Trust is deeply honoured to have received such a prestigious award as The Sir Henry Royce Foundation Memorial Award.

"In 1990 a group was formed with a vision and the determination to make it succeed and thanks to that shared vision and determination, Tornado is now in operational service on the Network Rail main line."

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