Wreathed in smoke, HRH The Prince of Wales congratulates the team who built 60163. Still from BBC video.
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Their Royal Highnesses, The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall, named 60163, the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust’s new £ 3 million steam locomotive, Tornado at York Railway Station this morning. During the ceremony TRH, met Mrs Dorothy Mather, the President of the Trust and widow of Arthur Peppercorn – the designer of the A1 class. The prince said that he had nothing but the greatest admiration for the team of people who for the last 19 years have been building the locomotive. A clearly delighted Mark Allatt, the Chairman of the Trust, enthused, You couldn’t get much better than this. It’s the ultimate accolade to have the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to name ‘Tornado’. After the ceremony, the Prince of Wales rode on the footplate of the locomotive as it pulled the Royal Train from York to Leeds Railway Station.