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

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The Severn Valley Railway has announced that it has launched a new competition to find a new name for one of its steam locomotives.

The new temporary name is in honor of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, which will take place next year.

Suggestions for a new name will be gathered before being narrowed down to a shortlist so the public can vote for a winner.

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

Meanwhile, the 2022 Commonwealth Games take place in Birmingham from July 27 to August 8, with more than 5,000 athletes from 72 nations.

The winner of the competition will receive a VIP invitation to the christening ceremony

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

“Not only will the Railroad proudly celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, but a few 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.

“Entering our competition is easy,” adds Michael. “Just go to svr.co.uk and enter your details by the February 7th closing date. We ask for entries 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.


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