The Severn Valley Railway has announced that its purple locomotive, No. 70 ‘Elizabeth II’, will be given black nameplates out of respect for Her Majesty The Queen.
Her Majesty The Queen sadly passed away last week, and with the Severn Valley Railway hosting its Autumn Steam Gala this weekend, the locomotive is set to run with a crown all weekend.
No 70 Elizabeth II, or 34027 Taw Valley, was painted purple earlier this year to mark the Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign.
“Over the past few months this locomotive has brought so much joy and delight to people in its unique livery,” said Helen Smith, SVR Managing Director. “Painting it in the official Jubilee color and renaming it was our way of celebrating 70 years of the late Queen’s reign. When we heard the sad news last week that she had passed away, some of our volunteers came up with the idea of changing the nameplates to black.
“It seems like a very appropriate and appropriate way for us as a heritage railway to pay tribute.”
The Purple Locomotive will be in service at the SVR Fall Steam Gala later this week, Thursday the 15the to Sunday 18e September. He will also wear a crown and black flags.
The Severn Valley Railway has already confirmed that the locomotives will run with wreaths following the Queen’s death.
Joining the purple locomotive in action at the gala will be the home locomotive fleet, 4930 Hagley Hall (which has just returned to steam after 36 years), as well as visiting locomotives 45231 The Sherwood Forester, 9351, Jessie and Anne.
You can find out more about our recent trip to the Severn Valley Railway to see 4930 Hagley Hall return to steam by clicking here.