Train named after Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday

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Train named after Captain Tom Moore for his 100th birthday

Published at 6:05am 29th April 2020. (Updated at 7:40am 29th April 2020)

A south west train is being named after NHS fundraising hero Captain Tom Moore in honour of his 100th birthday.

The war veteran has raised over £29 million pounds for frontline workers by walking laps of his garden.

During his time in the British Army, Captain Tom was stationed in Cornwall. 

His regiment, the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment, trained in Wadebridge and were tasked with coastal defence against a threatened German invasion.

Now train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) is to name a train in tribute to Captain Tom and his remarkable fundraising achievements during the Covid-19 crisis.

GWR Intercity Express Train 800025 is being named in response to requests from both GWR colleagues and members of the public, re-entering service on Thursday 30th April, 2020 – the date of Captain Tom’s 100th birthday.

World War Two veteran Captain Tom, from Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, has now 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.

Captain Tom Moore

“With his indomitable spirit what Captain Tom has achieved is truly inspirational, and an example to us all. 

“We at Great Western have a long history of naming trains after Great Westerners, the past and present heroes from across our network, and I am honoured that today we can respond to requests to have a train named after Captain Tom Moore.” 

GWR Interim Managing Director, Matthew Golton

The Class 800 Intercity Express Train will go into service carrying its new name on Thursday and will carry key workers travelling to and from work on the Great Western network.

Following Government advice against all non-essential travel, GWR is operating a reduced timetable. The focus remains on running services that can be relied on at this time of uncertainty, providing essential transport for key workers to get to and from work.

Captain Tom Moore

About Captain Tom Moore:

Captain Tom captured the hearts of the nation during the Covid-19 crisis, raising more than £29m for NHS Charities Together.

The Second World War veteran originally hoped to raise £1,000 before his 100th birthday, but his pledge to walk 100 laps of his garden went viral and more than one million people donated to his JustGiving page.

Captain Tom’s fundraising feat was further boosted when his duet of You’ll Never Walk Alone, with musicals legend Michael Ball, reached No1.

Originally from Keighley in West Yorkshire, Captain Tom joined the British Army in June 1940. His regiment – the 8th Battalion, the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment ­– trained in Wadebridge, Cornwall, tasked with coastal defence against a threatened German invasion. He later served on the frontline in Burma.

Captain Tom completed 100 laps of the 25-metre (82ft) loop of his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, before his birthday on 30 April, leading to praise from the Royal Family, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and other famous faces, as well as calls for him to be given a knighthood.

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