‘Elizabeth II’ reigns supreme in Severn Valley Railway locomotive renaming

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34027 ‘Taw Valley’ will temporarily become ‘Elizabeth II’

‘Elizabeth II’ will be the temporary new name for 34027 ‘Taw Valley’. The new name reigned victorious in the competition, beating Severn Majesty, Valley Monarch and Gloriana.

The name has won over a third of public support worldwide and the locomotive is currently being repainted in a special purple livery in honor of the Queen’s Jubilee.

Michael Dunn, Visitor Experience Manager at Severn Valley Railway, said: “We worked with the owners of 34027 to decide on the final shortlist.

“We are delighted that the public chose ‘Elizabeth II’ as the winner, and believe this particular name has proven popular due to its simplicity and clear connection to the Queen.

“By repainting and renaming 34027, we’ve chosen a way to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee that has maximum impact.

“We have many more surprises up our sleeve for our Platinum Jubilee celebrations over the long holiday weekend of June 2-5, so keep your eyes peeled.”

More than 1,200 different names were submitted in the contest, with Elizabeth II being nominated by three separate people.

They will receive an invitation to the renaming ceremony later this year and the new name will be featured on metal nameplates once the locomotive conversion work is complete.

The paint schemes caught the eye of the world, with thousands of comments on social media in France, Singapore, Australia, the United States, China, India and across the UK.

When completed, the locomotive will carry Severn Valley Railway passenger services in the spring and summer.

It will play a central role in the railway’s celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee and the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

To buy tickets, including plus tickets for the Spring Steam Gala, Spring Diesel Festival and Step Back to the 1940s, call 01562 757 900 or svr.co.uk

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