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Tornado A1 Pacific Steam Engine: BBC Absolutely Chuffed - The Men Who Built a Train [DVD]

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Tornado A1 Pacific Steam Engine: BBC Absolutely Chuffed - The Men Who Built a Train [DVD] + Tornado Manual: New Peppercorn Class A1 Locomotive (Owner's Workshop Manual) (Haynes Owners Workshop Manuals)
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Product details

  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Good Guys Media
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,798 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

In 1990 a group of dedicated people came together with a vision of what seemed at the time an unachievable task. They were united by an extraordinary ambition to construct a brand new steam engine and to bring back to life the Peppercorn class A1 Pacific steam engine. After 18 years of incredible effort and teamwork, their dream became a reality when locomotive No. 60163 Tornado, moved under its own power for the first time.

This BBC programme tells the story of the construction of a steam engine called Tornado, an amazing tale of cooperation, skill and sheer hard graft by men who defied the critics, who had said it could never be done.

Such an achievement did not go unnoticed and Tornado soon became a celebrity in its own right, taking Britain completely by storm. Wherever it has ventured, it has attracted crowds of people. Thousands turn out to wave and cheer. Children are hoisted aloft. Men hang from bridges and stand on car roofs. Enthusiasts wait hours in muddy fields for a fleeting view. At King's Cross, throngs blocked the platforms and when it blew a cloud of steam over the Duchess of Cornwall in York, the Prince of Wales burst out laughing.

Indeed, in its short life, Tornado, the first mainline steam engine built in Britain for almost 50 years, has been a film star, splashed across newspaper pages and filmed in action by the thousands who contributed to her £3 million cost and waited almost 20 years to see a Peppercorn class A1 Pacific running on Britain's main lines again. It was the star of an episode of 'Top Gear', taking part in a classic challenge race from London to Edinburgh with Jeremy Clarkson on the shovel.

This beautifully shot DVD takes the story on, with new extra footage never before seen on TV. A delight, not only for fans of steam trains, but for anyone who admires a skill and determination that is steeped in the great British tradition.

DVD Extras:

  • Speech from Prince Charles at the Royal naming ceremony
  • Robert Hall BBC News Interview
  • The first run to London
  • Extended interview with the team
  • A donation will be made to The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust for every DVD sold.

Customer Reviews

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite amazing... 10 Jan 2010
I enjoyed this programme when it was shown on the BBC and watching it again just brought home what an amazing job these guys did. And it was good to get some unseen footage - the "Run to London" has inspired me to get out and see Tornado in all its glory on one of its trips down South! Yes, it a short programme, but well produced and the extras make it worth the money. If you haven't seen it, I would highly recommend it - it is a testimony to what we used to be famous for the world over...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Chuffed 1 Feb 2010
I bought this DVD as a gift for my steam mad Grandad. He absolutely loved it. I take the point from other reviewers that the DVD is a little short but there are some nice extras like the footage of the first mainline run. It would also be good to add the Top Gear Tornado special. Either way this is still a great DVD charting the amazing feat that was building a 40 year old steam engine from scratch. The project too 18 years and it wasn't until the last few years that media interest grew.

Like I said my Grandad loved it, my Dad loved it and I loved it. Add to that the fact that some of the money goes towards the A1 trust and you get a 5 star review.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 6 Jan 2010
By Seagull
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Superb! I bought this DVD for my train-enthusiast husband, but within minutes was hooked myself. Not just about the building of a brand-new loco (although that's interesting in itself) - it's also about human endeavour and a very satisfactory triumph over all those who said 'it couldn't be done'. I'd recommend to all!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do with more footage 20 Jan 2010
Like one of the other reviewers I thought this would be much more technical than it actually was. The film is quite short and although it states 57 minutes on the back of the DVD the main film is only about 30mins with the rest of the time given to the extras which appear to be "enthusiast" footage of the train in full steam. For me I would have preferred a longer and more technical film on the loco and perhaps there is scope to do this at a later date. The film was entertaining enough and some of the proceeds of the sale go to the A1 locomotive trust of which I'm happy to give money to.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Very dissapointing... 7 Jan 2010
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The building of a steam engine in 'modern' times from scratch is a massive record it on film/DVD is less of an endeavour but challenging none the less....

sadly they fail.

There is a lot less about building Tornado than you would think, even less about the people who built it.

No technical build stuff other than a few superficial shots, and as for great shots when Tornado is under full steam - one or two under the extras section - First run to London.

It's also a very short DVD in which the Chair of the Charity Trust that built Tornado makes several 'appearances'

As I say very disappointing - only recommended because the proceeds go towards the charity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love it 11 Dec 2013
By judy
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love it and like it very much and the posting was quick to0 and would say one it was a great deal aswell
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3.0 out of 5 stars tornado steam engine 24 Sep 2013
By mike
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as an ex G W R FIREMAN i think it was a wast of money might as well put the name plate on a A1 PACIFIC AN CALLED IT TORNADO for what it has cost after it was built. i would sooner have seen a king class like KING GORGE V 6000 THAT IS A VERY GOOD ENGINE AND I DROVE IT FROM EXETER TO PLYMOUTH WITH THE DRIVER I HAD IN THE GOOD OLD DAYS NOT LIKE THE PRESENT RAILWAY.
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