Great Western Railway wish Captain Tom ‘Happy Christmas’ by knighting his train

Friday 18th December 2020

Intercity Express Train 800025 has re-entered service bearing the name Captain Sir Tom Moore, along with his medal ribbons and recognition of his award of honorary Colonel.

Captain Sir Tom Moore GWR train

Nobody has captured the hearts of the nation more during 2020 than Captain Tom, with the World War Two veteran raising nearly £33m for NHS Charities Together.

GWR named the train in his honour in April following requests from colleagues and the public. Days later the train operator compiled a special Happy Birthday video tribute to the sound of train horns.

Captain Tom was knighted by the Queen in a ceremony at Windsor Castle, and GWR is delighted to have updated its vinyl in time for Christmas.

GWR’s Head of Communications Dan Panes said:

“Captain Tom has been an inspiration to us all during such trying times and we’re pleased to have added ‘Sir’ to the Intercity Express Train named in his honour.

“We were inundated with requests to name a train after Captain Tom and we know customers have enjoyed the chance to travel on it.”

Notes to editors

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