Friday, June 14, 2024

Train named in honour of Captain Tom Moore

Train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) has named a train in honour of the veteran who has raised more than £29 million for the NHS, to mark his 100th birthday.

 GWR Intercity Express Train 800025 pays tribute to Captain Tom Moore and his remarkable fundraising achievements during the Covid-19 crisis.

It has been named in response to requests from both GWR colleagues and members of the public, re-entering service on Thursday 30 April, 2020 – the date of Captain Tom’s 100th birthday.

World War Two veteran Captain Tom is from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, and was stationed in Cornwall during his career.  He has extended his challenge to 200 laps after he completed the first 100 laps 14 days ahead of schedule.

His initial £1,000 fundraising target was broken in about 24 hours and he has now raised more than £29m for NHS Charities Together.