Great Western Railway's 'Captain Tom Centennial' is going on an epic journey to raise money for the Captain Tom Foundation. Intercity Express Train 800025, bearing the name of Captain Sir Tome Moore, will make 100 stops at stations across the network in just over 40 hours.
It sets off this Friday, on what would've been the war veteran's 101st birthday, and will cover nearly 1,500 miles.
GWR Head of Communications Dan Panes said: “What makes calling at 100 stops in the ‘Captain Tom Centennial’ so unique is the geographical challenge. Normally our Class 800 trains wouldn’t travel down to the South West but we wanted to do our bit to ensure Captain Tom’s legacy lives on and reaches all parts of the GWR network. We were delighted to name a train in his honour last April following requests from both colleagues and customers. Now we’re hoping people will enjoy following the progress of the ‘Captain Tom Centennial’ and donate in the name of Captain Tom.”
Captain Sir Tom’s daughter and Co-Founder of The Captain Tom Foundation, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said: “My father would have simply loved the idea of the ‘Captain Tom Centennial’ train making an epic journey as part of this special event. He was very proud to leave behind the growing legacy of his Foundation and would have really enjoyed watching people across the country uniting to have fun and inspire hope with their Captain Tom 100 challenges. It’s going to be a very special few days.”
The ‘Captain Tom Centennial’ will call at stations along the following routes:
Friday 30 April Departure Arrival Station
Stops 0637 London Paddington 1141 Penzance 18 1215 Penzance 1729 London Paddington 34 1818 London Paddington 2121 Swansea 44
Saturday 1 May 0622 Swansea 0912 London Paddington 53 0950 London Paddington 1204 Hereford 70 1318 Hereford 1624 London Paddington 88 1730 London Paddington 1902 Bristol Temple Meads 94 2057 Bristol Temple Meads 2234 London Paddington 100