A new locomotive engine has been named after Prince George, in honour of the young Prince’s first birthday. The engine was built by the LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust. It was revealed yesterday, after being kept a secret for nearly a year.
The LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust is an organisation which works towards preserving Britain’s locomotive heritage. Their current aim is to recreate a LNWR George the Fifth locomotive to use on Heritage railways. The train will be built along the lines of the original George the Fifth locomotive, which was built by Charles Bowen Cooke in the early 20th century and was the pride of the London and North Western Railways.
After Prince George was born, last year, the Trust sought permission from The Palace to commemorate the occasion by building a new locomotive engine and naming it after the now one-year old Prince, who shares a name with King George V, his ancestor and the King after whom the Trust was named. While the proud new parents readily agreed, they had one condition: that the creation of the engine should not be revealed until the little Prince’s first birthday.
Then yesterday, the Great Central Railway and the London and North Western Railway held a special Teddy Bears’ Picnic for children, to celebrate George’s first birthday. At the event, the number plate of the engine was unveiled by two children, Noah and Poppy Cull.
The name of the locomotive engine was revealed to be Prince George after the third in line to the throne, and its number to be 2013, after the year in which the Prince was born.
Photo Credit: LNWR George the Fifth Steam Locomotive Trust