The purple locomotive wows the crowds at SVR's Jubilee event

The Severn Valley Railway’s triumphant Platinum Jubilee celebrations opened in style with the public renaming of locomotive No. 34027 as ‘Elizabeth II’ complete with its new number ‘70’ and unmissable new purple livery.

Under sunny skies, and with a platform packed with onlookers, SVR Holdings chairman, Mike Ball led the speeches, paying special tribute to carriage and wagon staff member, Ronan O’Brien, who originally joined the Railway on a trainee scheme.
Managing director Helen Smith, Viscount Cobham and Mark Younger of Taw Valley Ltd which owns the locomotive, also addressed the crowd, before Mark revealed the name and fellow owner Nigel Barnes uncorked a bottle to christen the locomotive with a fountain of champagne, all to the sound of the engine’s unmistakable whistle.
The locomotive wasn’t the only Elizabeth present on the Railway for the bank holiday weekend, as more than 200 Elizabeths attended throughout the event, taking advantage of the Railway's ‘Elizabeths go free’ initiative.
After meticulous preparation, the four-day event showed the SVR at its best with a wealth of attractions bringing smiles to the faces of guests. The flypasts by the BBMF Lancaster were a particular highlight, and the Bricklive Paddington exhibition also proved popular with guests, particular after the beloved bear’s televised meeting with the Queen herself! Michael Dunn, Head of Visitor Experience said:

“Whilst this weekend was a little bit ‘out there’ when it comes to our usual heritage offer, consumer demand is changing and weekends like this one offered access to a new group of people who wouldn't usually come.

“I am confident they will return to the railway in future, and that we have engaged with a new generation and type of enthusiast.

“The publicity we have received will feed into a much bigger result over the coming weeks and months and allow us to fight against current short-term challenges and build a stronger foundation for our long-term aim, which is to continue raising funds to put back into the heritage preservation that the Severn Valley Railway is renowned for.

"Being brave enough to do something ‘different’ as a united SVR Family will benefit us in the long run.”


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