This is SHANIA TWAIN! But don’t worry… I’m not the train driver

Special treat for festival goers travelling on board Great Western Railway’s #ShaniaTrain

Festival goers boarding the #ShaniaTrain to Glastonbury were treated to an extra-special welcome today – a message from the Queen of Country Pop herself!

Ahead of her ‘Legend slot’ at the festival on Sunday, Shania Twain took time out to record a special announcement for music fans travelling by train to Castle Cary. Play the audio here:

“Hello GWR staff and customers! Welcome aboard the #ShaniaTrain to Glastonbury. This is SHANIA TWAIN! But don’t worry, I’m not the train driver…I’m just here to wish everybody a great weekend. LET’S GO GIRLS”

The message was well received by customers travelling on the #ShaniaTrain.

Shania Train to Glastonbury 2

Rosie Viva, 28, and Ella Jenkin, 26, both from London (pictured above), said hearing Shania's voice was 'epic' and they couldn't wait to see her live on stage.

"it was so cool to hear her voice on the train," said Ella. "She's an absolute icon and it's so exciting to be travelling on the #ShaniaTrain."

That wasn’t the only special announcement played, as broadcasters Nick Grimshaw and Annie Macmanus also gave travellers a warm welcome. Play the audio here:

Nick first suggested the idea of a #ShaniaTrain following a chat with the legendary Canadian singer on the BBC Sounds podcast Sidetracked with Annie and Nick.

The episode previewed her Sunday teatime ‘Legend slot’ at the festival and is part of the BBC’s coverage of Glastonbury on TV, BBC iPlayer, radio and BBC Sounds.

Picking up the conversation on social media, GWR was quick to respond and design a #ShaniaTrain vinyl complete with a glittery pink leopard print.

Shania will also be appearing at Chepstow Racecourse and BST Hyde Park in the coming weeks and GWR Sales & Marketing Director Amanda Burns said she was delighted with the response to #ShaniaTrain.

Amanda said:

“#ShaniaTrain has really captured the imagination of our customers, and it’s been a thrill to see it out and about on the GWR network.

“It was an extra-special treat to receive these audio announcements from Shania, Nick and Annie and it’s been a real pleasure to bring this gem of an idea to reality.”

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

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 has been awarded a National Rail Contract to continue operating the Great Western network, which shall run up to 21 June 2025, with the potential for a further three years at the Secretary of State’s discretion. Find out more here: