DB Cargo and A1 Steam Locomotive Trust sign 3-year agreement for 60163 Tornado and 2007 Prince of Wales

The owners of 60163 Tornado, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust and DB Cargo UK have signed a three-year agreement to operate steam charter trains in the UK.

From 2023, the deal is for an initial period of three years and will see DB Cargo UK operate the Aberdonian from Edinburgh/Glasgow to Aberdeen.

These trains will be hauled by A1 No. 60163 Tornado and will also allow other charter trains to be operated by DB Cargo across the country.

The deal also includes the agreement that DB Cargo UK will test and commission the new build P2 No. 2007 Prince of Wales once it is completed.

Commenting on the new agreement, A1SLT Chairman Steve Davies MBE said: “We are delighted to have entered into an agreement with DB Cargo UK to operate ‘The Aberdonian’ trains for the next three years. This agreement protects our core business, while allowing flexibility with other routes and operators. It also recognizes the key activity that will follow the completion of P2, Prince of Walesin about two years.”

Richard Corser, Account Manager at DB Cargo UK Special Trains, welcomed the agreement and added: “DB Cargo UK is delighted to continue its relationship with A1SLT and will be undertaking significant training to ensure the success of this agreement. We successfully helped test and commission Tornado in 2008 and I look forward to undertaking the same tasks for the new steam locomotive Prince of Wales“.

Jose P. Rogers