The Great Western Railway, and the communities around it, have been shaped by many inspirational individuals. Our new fleet of Intercity Express Trains celebrate these people and their legacies by bearing their names.

Each train will have its own identity, with their name accompanied by an individual coin specifically designed to reflect the person themselves. This is inspired by GWR’s heritage where the flagship locomotive King George V bore a set of commemorative coins.

The trains that we have already named are featured below, including biographical information on each person as well as pictures and videos from the ceremonies.

  • 800003 Queen Elizabeth II / Queen Victoria
  • 800004 Isambard Kingdom Brunel / Sir Daniel Gooch
  • 800009 Sir Gareth Edwards / John Charles
  • 800010 Michael Bond / Paddington Bear
  • 800019 George ‘Johnny’ Johnson / Joy Lofthouse
  • 800020 Bob Woodward / Elizabeth Ralph
  • 800026 Don Cameron
  • 802101 Nancy Astor CH
  • 800025 Captain Tom Moore
  • 802006 Harry Billinge MBE
  • 802010 Corporal George Sheard
  • 800306 Allan Leonard Lewis / Harold Day
  • 800014 Megan Lloyd George / Edith New
  • 802008 Rick Rescorla / The RNLB Solomon Browne
  • 800023 Kathryn Osmond / Fleur Lombard
  • 800314 Odette Hallowes GC MBE
  • 800036 Dr Paul Stephenson OBE
  • 800310 Wing Commander Ken Rees
  • 800022 Tulbahadur Pun VC
  • 800030 Lincoln Callaghan and Henry Cleary