Saturday, 19 December 2015

Penguilino and Virgin East Coast Claus 91 Unveiled

A Pendolino train has been transformed into a Penguilino and a Class 91 has become a Claus 91. The designs came from the winners of the Christmas Train design competition, nine-year-old Amber Maxfield and 11-year-old Madeleine Deakin.

The competition attracted hundreds of entries from all across the UK and was judged by a panel headed by children's author Jill Murphy.
"I am honoured to have been part of this exciting project. We received so many wonderful entries and Madeleine and Amber's designs stood out as fun designs with a real Christmas feel to them," Jill said.

The two trains will run up and down on the West Coast and East Coast routes over the Christmas period, each bearing the name of its young designer.
Amber from Carlisle added: "When I found out I'd won I just couldn't believe it!
"Seeing my drawing on a train and coming to London is a dream come true."
Virgin Trains Chairman Patrick McCall commented: "We loved the concepts that these two young designers came up with and are proud to have their ideas transform two trains. It's fantastic that both the East Coast and West Coast services have come together to make our customers' journeys throughout December extra special - especially on their way home for Christmas."