Severn Valley Railway steam locomotive to be renamed for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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SVR Bridgnorth staff Chris Murr and Chris Thomas are launching the Locomotive Name Change Contest. Photo: Dan Shorthouse

Suggestions for the new name are being solicited so that a shortlist can be selected and put to a public vote.

Michael Dunn, SVR Visitor Experience Manager, said: “What we’re looking for is something that sums up the best of British.

“Not only will the railway proudly celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, but just miles away Birmingham 2022 will see the Midlands highlighted as the site of the Commonwealth Games. One thing is certain, 2022 is going to be a very special year.

The celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne will take place next year, focusing on a special four-day holiday from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.

The 2022 Commonwealth Games take place from July 28 to August 8, with more than 5,000 athletes from 72 nations.

Michael added, “Competing in our competition is easy. Just go to svr.co.uk and enter your details before the closing date of February 7th. We ask for inscriptions with a maximum of 13 characters to fit on the new nameplates. At this point, we’re not revealing which of our locomotives are going to be renamed, so expect more exciting announcements in the months to come.

After preselection and public voting, the winning name will be inscribed on authentic nameplates and attached to the locomotive. The winner of the competition will receive a VIP invitation to the christening ceremony.


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