Vote to rename the SVR locomotive for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

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A PUBLIC vote to decide the new name of a purple liveried steam locomotive to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is now open.

The Severn Valley Railway will rename 34027 Taw Valley, to commemorate the 70th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the monarchy, and give the steamer a royal makeover.

The railway received nearly 1,200 name suggestions and, with the help of the locomotive owners, narrowed them down to four options: Elizabeth II, Gloriana, Severn Majesty and Valley Monarch.

The name that receives the most votes will be placed on authentic nameplates and affixed to the engine in preparation for the VIP ceremony on Thursday June 2, the start of the long bank holiday weekend to celebrate the Jubilee.

When people vote at www.svr.co.uk/namealoco they will also have the chance to enter a prize draw to win a family travel ticket for the SVR.

The name change and painting will only be temporary.

Michael Dunn, Head of Visitor Experience at the railway, said: “We are very pleased to unveil our unique locomotive later this year.”

“From the reaction we’ve had so far, we think it’s going to be a huge draw over the summer.

“We are doing everything this year to celebrate both the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place in Birmingham.

“There will be a limited period of time when people can visit the SVR to see this very special locomotive, and we look forward to welcoming everyone.”

When the plan to repaint the locomotive was revealed last week, it caused a stir on social media, with the first Facebook post attracting 7,200 interactions from around the world and being shared more than 300 times.

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