You wait for ages to name something then two opportunities come along at once – a train and a TBM.

Name a train

The month marks the 1st anniversary of the new Azuma trains being in service on LNER, so they are offering you the chance to suggest a name for one of their trains.

Suggestions could perhaps reflect the history of the LNER route by honouring old names, or new ideas to pay homage to the communities and destinations — or someone you think deserves the honour.

Trainy McTrainface is banned.

To enter, fill in the form on this page before 1st June.

Name a tunnel boring machine

The shortlist of names in this case have been chosen, but which ones will be used?

The first pair of tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be launched from a site near the M25 next year and drive a tunnel some 10 miles underneath the Chilterns in Buckinghamshire for the forthcoming HS2 railway.

Tradition dictates that TMBs are given female names, and you can choose from Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, Florence Nightingale or Marie Curie.

To vote, go here.


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  1. David Price says:

    I suppose Great White Elephant is not on the list!

    Post Covid-19 how many organisations will relocate out of London and south east? How many F2F meetings/ seminars/workshops/conferences will in future be virtual?

  2. David Yates says:

    “Concord Mark 2”

    HS2 Locomotive Name.
    My suggestion Above.
    ie: Top Speed, Reduced Journey Time, Economic Disaster.
    Still no mention of proposed Fare Pricing Structure.
    Sorry to be writing this. Sad but realistic.

  3. Stephen Green says:

    Trainy McTrainface

  4. JACOB TUSON says:

    Colonel Tom

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