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Choo-Who?: TFW Give Public A Chance To Name Their Trains

 

Transport For Wales are giving people in Wales a chance to name each of the 148 new trains that they are building, with the winning names being displayed for years to come.

The Welsh Government body in charge of Welsh trains announced the contest on their website, stating that entries will need to be creative as possible and personal to the entrant.

The new trains will be named after:

  • local place names
  • landmarks
  • historical sites
  • mythical figures

In the post launching the contest on their website, TFW explained what they are looking for in potential names:

“Entries need to be as creative as possible but should be personal to you. Want to name a train Llanwern Road because it’s the street your incredible school is on? Great! Or maybe Fflint Castle because you admire its unique fortress design? Also great! We just need to know why the name is special. For entries in Wales, names that celebrate the Welsh language are especially encouraged.”

To enter the competition, you’ll need to submit a creative explanation of why you’ve chosen the name in one of the following forms:

  • Painting or drawing  
  • Short story  
  • Poem 

Explaining how the competition will be judged and the winning names will be decided, TFW said:

“There’ll be two stages of judging: a regional panel will select the train names from their region’s entries; and a final panel will then select our category winners and prizes will be awarded for their favourites.

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“We’re excited that our final judging panel will be:

  • Grace Webb, star of Grace’s Amazing Machines
  • Trystan Ellis-Morris, S4C presenter
  • Eloise Williams, Children’s Laureate for Wales
  • Gruffudd Owen, Bardd Plant Cymru

“They’ll also be joined by the Children’s Commissioner and the Equalities Commissioner.

“The regional panels will consist of representatives from local councils, transport groups, creative or third sector organisations and TfW staff. They’ll be judging the entries received in their region and naming trains that will operate nearby.”

Winners will, not only have their name used on one of the trains but also receive a creative kit to kickstart their engineering ambitions and will get regular updates from their train.

The final judging panel will select category winners for each region and creative category, who will also receive a special Hornby model train for their school.

You can find out more and enter the competition on the TFW website, here.

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