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New-build ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tor­nado will as­sume a new iden­tity in April next year, when it be­comes No. 60164 Typhoon. When the pro­ject to build the Pep­per­corn ‘A1’ was in­sti­gated in 1990, the name Tor­nado was cho­sen in hon­our of the Royal Air Force fighter jets then in ser­vice dur­ing the First Gulf War. How­ever, with the A1 Steam Lo­co­mo­tive Trust keen to main­tain its strong links with the RAF, which cel­e­brates its 100th an­niver­sary on April 1, and with the RAF’s Tor­nado jets be­ing with­drawn from ser­vice in March 2019, it has been de­cided to re­name and renum­ber No. 60163 Tor­nado to No. 60164 Typhoon to com­mem­o­rate the newer RAF jets, which en­tered ser­vice in 2007. A1SLT Trus­tee Mark Al­latt said: “Now that Tor­nado is ap­proach­ing ten years since com­ple­tion, the trust has de­cided to give the lo­co­mo­tive a new name, new num­ber and new look. “From 2019, it will be re­named and renum­bered to No. 60164 Typhoon, and will be re­painted in the pop­u­lar Bri­tish Rail­ways ex­press pas­sen­ger blue liv­ery car­ried in 2012-14. This change is a re­flec­tion of our de­sire to main­tain an on­go­ing link with the RAF.” As part of the trust’s ini­tia­tive to forge stronger links with coun­tries fly­ing Typhoon air­craft, it is plan­ning to take Typhoon on an over­seas tour, which will in­clude Ger­many, Italy, Spain, Aus­tria, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Ara­bia. Graeme Bunker, A1SLT op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor, said: “It’s in the early stages of plan­ning but the first part of the tour will start in Aprilschertz, Ger­many.”

A pre­view of how Tor­nado will look when it as­sumes its new iden­tity as No. 60164 Typhoon in BR lined blue.

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