Treat for rail enthusiasts as livery unveiled

Herald Series: Mark Allatt, the chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust which owns the Tornado Buy this photo » Mark Allatt, the chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust which owns the Tornado

RAIL fans were got all swept up by a Tornado at Didcot Railway Centre at the weekend.

The centre hosted a special event where enthusiasts could have a close-up view of the recently-built replica A1 Class steam locomotive No 60163 Tornado wearing British Railways blue express livery for the first time.

After arriving at Didcot early on Sunday, the locomotive was taken to the engine shed to be cleaned before moving to the turntable for exhibition at noon.

It had been repainted during winter maintenance at Southall, in West London.

Mark Allatt, the chairman of the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust, which owns the engine, said: “It went very well, people seemed delighted to see the train in its new livery.

“When the original A1s were painted blue around 1950, the pigment faded badly, so this livery hasn’t been seen on a locomotive of this type for many years.”

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9:12am Wed 28 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Lovely to see the old blue livery again, but think most in Didcot were also a bit 'blue' at 6am this morning!
Lovely to see the old blue livery again, but think most in Didcot were also a bit 'blue' at 6am this morning! Myron Blatz

11:11am Wed 28 Nov 12

King Joke says...

Robbo is right. I think they give the railway stories to the work-experience kids.

What a stunning piece of kit Tornado is, but what a pity it's restricted to 75 mph, isn't it about time they let it stretch its legs a bit?
Robbo is right. I think they give the railway stories to the work-experience kids. What a stunning piece of kit Tornado is, but what a pity it's restricted to 75 mph, isn't it about time they let it stretch its legs a bit? King Joke

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