Whatever else you may think, it's verging on bizarre to suggest that Tornado has been cosseted from Day 1. Actually it could be argued that a little bit of cosseting might have alleviated some of the grief over the past 12 months. In fact, this locomotive has been encouraged to undertake many 'tours de force' on the main line and performed competently in each instance. This it has done virtually 'out of the box'. And then there is Merchant 18 that spent last summer pottering along between York and Scarborough on an extended running in period that has actually proved to be the making of the engine and its later performance. Yes there are some on here who were impatient for it to be let loose on something more challenging from Day 1 but events suggest that West Coast got this one exactly right. As @Spamcan81 has already said, the whole movement can get very tribal/political and that's not really to the benefit of anyone.