South West Trains to name a Diesel Locomotive 'Seaton Tramway'

PUBLISHED: 12:10 06 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:10 06 June 2013

Newsreader Nicholas Owen, pictured here with Chairman Trevor Shears, will perform the official train naming

Newsreader Nicholas Owen, pictured here with Chairman Trevor Shears, will perform the official train naming

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Seaton Tramway, the unique heritage tramway and tourist attraction in the Heart of Lyme Bay, is delighted to announce that South West Trains is to name one of its Diesel Locomotives 'Seaton Tramway' at Axminster Station on 9th June 2013, the same day as the Tramway is holding its major event, the Classic Car Show.

The naming event begins on arrival of the special class 159 locomotive from London Waterloo, carrying a party of 300 guests, arranged by UK Railtours, at Axminster station at 11.21 am. The naming ceremony will be performed for South West Trains by BBC Newsreader, Nicholas Owen and the locomotive will remain in Axminster station until 11.50 am. The main Car Show will be in the Underfleet car park in Seaton, with trade stands and entertainment at Colyton.

Before the passengers return by road to Axminster Station in the afternoon to board the newly named “Seaton Tramway” loco back to London, Nicholas Owen will also present winners with Trophies at the Classic Car Show.

Jenny Nunn, Managing Director of Seaton Tramway said: “Whenever the ‘Seaton Tramway’ train travels from London Waterloo to the South West passengers and passers-by will be reminded of us here. For more than forty years our trams have been operating along most of the former Seaton branch line, which was closed by British Rail in 1966 and visitors have had the amazing opportunity to explore the stunning scenery from the top deck of a tram”.

She continued: “Nicholas Owen, is the perfect person to perform the train naming as, apart from being a BBC Newsreader and radio broadcaster, he is a lifelong train and tram enthusiast. In addition to Seaton Tramway, he is closely involved with both the Bluebell Railway in Sussex and the Volks Electric Railway at Brighton”.

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