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Great Western Railway marks Platinum Jubilee with special addition to Queen Elizabeth II train

Great Western Railway (GWR) has marked Her Majesty’s 70 years on the throne by including the official Platinum Jubilee Emblem on its Queen Elizabeth II train.

The emblem sits proudly on the side of Intercity Express Train 800003, joining the original design displaying Her Majesty’s name.

You can view a video of the vinyl being applied here:

800003 was named by Her Majesty on 13 June 2017 as she marked 175 years since Queen Victoria made the first rail journey by a monarch in 1842. The design now includes the striking silver and purple crown emblem, marking yet another historic Royal milestone.

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GWR Head of External Communications, Dan Panes, said:

"We were delighted to name 800003 after Her Majesty back in June 2017 and we know it is one of our most popular Intercity Express Trains on the network.

"Adding the special Platinum Jubilee emblem is a fitting tribute and the perfect way for Great Western Railway to celebrate Her Majesty's 70 years on the throne."

If you're out and about on the network tomorrow (Thursday), look out for 800003 on the following services: 04.54 Cheltenham-London Paddington; 12.18 London Paddington-Cardiff Central; 14.54 Cardiff Central-London Paddington; and 17.18 London Paddington-Swansea.

800003 was the first of the new GWR Hitachi IETs to be named, with more than 50 Great Westerners since being recognised.

Alan Turing OBE became the most recent of GWR’s celebrated heroes last week. His name, as well as the updated Trainbow flag design, was added to 800008 to mark the delayed VE75 commemorations as well as Pride Month in June.

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

07715 040424

John.Carter1@gwr.com

Notes to editors

First Greater Western Limited, trading as “Great Western Railway” (GWR), operates trains across the Great Western franchise area, which includes South Wales, the West Country, the Cotswolds, across southern England and into London. GWR provides high speed, commuter, regional and branch line train services, and before the covid-19 pandemic helped over 100 million passengers reach their destinations every year. GWR was recently awarded an extension to its direct award franchise (called DA3), which shall run up to 31 March 2023 with an option to extend for a further year. 

Find out more here: https://www.gwr.com/about-us