"... an A1 Class (same as the Flying Scotsman)"
Different A1, sorry. Switching to anorak mode....
Nigel Gresley (later Sir) designed the original class A1 Pacifics in 1922. His later design, the A3, included 'Flying Scotsman'. All the original A1s were eventually rebuilt as A3s.
Gresley's successor Arthur Peppercorn designed the 'new' A1 class (a much more modern design), the first being introduced to traffic in in August 1948. A further 48 were built by the end of 1949.
'Tornado' is an entirely new machine (as opposed to a restored one) and is effectively the fiftieth Peppercorn A1 class. It is not an exact replica and incorporates changes that reflect more modern manufacturing methods (for example, the boiler is all-welded where the original was rivetted, the firebox is made of steel rather than copper, and roller bearings are used for the wheels) .
Yes, yes, I know what you're thinking - who gives a shit?
There are two IT angles here. Firstly, the new loco has been fitted with electronics needed to operate on the modern network. Secondly, the project has attracted a "rival-OS-like" degree of partisanship. Tornado has cost over £3million and enthusiasts are bitterly arguing over whether the money would've been better spent restoring existing 'heritage' locomotives that escaped the scrapyard in the late 1960s - if you think we IT geeks are pedantic, partisan and argumentative, wait til you meet railway nerds!
Housed at the Railway Museum in York, Tornado has undergone trials on the Great Central Railway steam line in Leicestershire and is intended to pull charter trains on the main-line rail network during 2009.
Paris because she pulls too