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Great Western train naming honour

  • 10 September 2011
  • From the section Oxford
Didcot Railway Centre
Image caption The Great Western Society at Didcot Railway Centre works to preserve steam locomotives

The Great Western Society has had a train named after it by operating company First Great Western.

The nameplate's unveiling took place at Didcot Railway Centre, in Oxfordshire, at 12:00 BST on Saturday.

The naming was in honour of its half century of work to preserve railways in the UK.

Chairman Richard Croucher said: "We look forward to seeing it traverse the old Great Western Railway territory over the forthcoming years."

The nameplate on the power car reads: "Great Western Society 1961 - 2011, Didcot Railway Centre".

High speed trains travel up to 125 mph (201 km/h) and have a power car at each end.

The Great Western Railway was the route through Didcot from Bristol to London designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and completed in 1841.

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