Locomotive to be renamed for Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

15 December 2021
The Severn Valley Railway launches a competition to find a temporary new name for one of its heritage steam locomotives, in honour of The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year.

Suggestions for a new name to be applied to one of the Severn Valley Railway's steam locomotives are being invited so that a shortlist can be selected and put to a public vote.

To enter the competition, visit the Severn Valley Railway website and enter details before the closing date of February 7. The railway is asking for entries with a maximum of 13 characters to fit on the new nameplates.

Michael Dunn, head of visitor experience said, "At this stage, we’re not revealing which of our locomotives is going to be renamed, so look out for further exciting announcements in the coming months.”

Following shortlisting and the public vote, the winning name will be cast on authentic nameplates and attached to the locomotive. The winner of the competition is expected to receive a VIP invite to the naming ceremony.

Severn Valley Railway naming ceremony

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The SVR's Bridgnorth staff Chris Murr and Chris Thomas launch the locomotive renaming competition. DAN SHORTHOUSE

“What we’re looking for is something that sums up the best of British,” explained Michael. “Not only will the Railway be proudly celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee next year, but just a few miles up the road, Birmingham 2022 will see the Midlands highlighted as the venue for the Commonwealth Games. One thing’s for certain, 2022 is going to be a very special year.”

Celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of HM Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne will take place next year, focusing on a special four-day bank holiday from Thursday 2 until Sunday, 5 June. The 2022 Commonwealth Games take place between July 28 and August 8, with more than 5,000 athletes taking part from 72 nations.

For more details, visit the Severn Valley Railway website.


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