New GWR train livery says ‘thank you’ – 116 times!

GWR train 802020 in its new special 'thank you' livery.

Great Western Railway (GWR) has given one of its Class 802 Intercity Express Trains a new livery, thanking key workers for their incredible efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With a theme of ‘The nation says thank you’, the special design features words of gratitude in 116 different languages used by those living across the GWR network

GWR ran a ‘design a train’ competition on its social media channels, and the final design that has been applied to train 802020 contains ideas from three teenagers who entered.

The design uses ideas suggested by (L-R) Ned Thompson, Sam Moorey and Sam Smith.

Sam Smith, 13, from Gloucestershire, suggested the words ‘The nation says thank you’; Sam Moorey, 15, from Newton Abbot, proposed saying ‘thank you’ in different languages while Ned Thompson, 16, of Guildford, crafted the overall design.

GWR worked with local authorities and NHS trusts to ensure the diversity of communities across the network was represented. The livery features 109 speech bubbles, using 116 languages from at least 166 countries.

109 speech bubbles in 116 languages from at least 166 countries.
Tim Dunn.

The ‘design a special train livery’ competition was judged by railway historian and broadcaster Tim Dunn, who admitted it was a tough task settling on the final design. He said: “Everyone is incredibly grateful to those key workers, including the railway family, who have been working tirelessly to help us through the pandemic.

“We wanted the design to represent the thoughts and thanks of those living across the network and believe the inclusion of these different languages is the perfect way to illustrate everyone’s gratitude.

“Hats off to the two Sams and Ned for coming up with such original concepts.”

Dan Panes, GWR.

GWR’s head of external communications, Dan Panes, added: “We wanted to give people the opportunity to express their thanks to key workers in a unique way.

“This design on one of our Intercity Express Trains will provide a lasting tribute to the selfless dedication of all those who have given everything to help us through these unprecedented times.”

The special livery has been funded by rolling stock leasing company, Eversholt Rail, and Intercity Express Train manufacturer Hitachi Rail.

Mary Kenny, Eversholt Rail.

Mary Kenny, Chief Executive Officer at Eversholt Rail, said: “We are proud to support Great Western Railway with this fantastic initiative to thank all of the key workers who have supported the country throughout these difficult times.

“The number of fantastic entries to the competition shows that so many people appreciate the hard work and dedication of our key workers and want to say ‘thank you’.

“Congratulations to the two Sams and Ned for their winning entries.”

Andy Radford, Hitachi.

Andy Radford, UK projects director at Hitachi Rail, said: “We have seen first-hand the resilience of key workers, either as passengers using our trains for essential travel or rail staff who kept trains running safely during the peak of the pandemic.

“Hitachi Rail is proud to be part of this fitting tribute, but equally delighted to be giving passengers a reason to smile.”

GWR continues to remind customers to do all they can to follow social distancing guidance. As well as wearing a face covering, planning ahead and avoiding peak travel times where possible, customers are urged to buy tickets online, on a smart card or by using the GWR app.

Thank you in 116 different languages:

Language'Thank You'Country
AfrikaansDankieSouth Africa
AkanMedaaseGhana
AlbanianFaleminderitAlbania
AmharicአመሰግናለሁEthiopia
Arabicشكرا لكMiddle East/N Africa
ArmenianՇնորհակալությունArmenia
Assameseধন্যবাদIndia
BembaNatotelaZambia
Bengali (with Sylheti and Chatgaya)তোমাকে ধন্যবাদBangladhes
Berber/TamazightSahitMorocco/N Africa
BosnianHvalaBosnia Herzegovina
BrailleWorldwide
British Sign LanguageUK
BulgarianБлагодаря тиBulgaria
Burmese/Myanmaကျေးဇူးတင်ပါတယ်Myanmar (Burma)
Chinese (Simplified)谢谢China
CatalanGràciesSpain
CebuanoSalamatPhilippines
CornishMeur rasCornwall, UK
CroatianHvalaCroatia
CzechDěkujuCzechia
DanishTakDenmark
Dutch/FlemishDank uNetherlands/Belgium
EbiraAvoNigeria
Efik-IbibioSọsọñọNigeria
EnglishThank youUK + others
EritreanYekeniyeleyEritrea
EstonianAitähEstonia
EweAkpeGhana/Togo
FijianVinakaFiji
FinnishKiitosFinland
FrenchMerciFrance + others
Gaelic (Irish)Go raibh maith agatIreland
Georgianდიდი მადლობაGeorgia
GermanDankeGermany/Austria
GreekευχαριστώGreece
GuaraniAguyjeParaguay
Gujarati આભારIndia
HausaNa godeNiger/Nigeria
HebrewתודהIsrael
Hindiधन्यवादIndia
HungarianKöszönömHungary
IbanTerima kasihMalaysia (Borneo)
IgboDaalụNigeria
IndonesianSame as MalayIndonesia
ItalianGrazieItaly
JapaneseありがとうJapan
JavaneseMatur nuwunPhilippines
Kannadaಧನ್ಯವಾದಗಳುIndia
KazakhРақмет сізгеKazakhstan
Khmer (Cambodian)សូមអរគុណCambodia
Kimeru IbwegaKenya
KinyarwandaMurakozeRwanda
KonkaniDeu borem korumIndia
Korean감사합니다South Korea
KrioTɛnkiSierra Leone
KurdishSpas dikimIraq/Syria/Turkey
Laoຂອບ​ໃຈLaos
LatvianPaldiesLatvia
LingalaWeebaleBoth Congos
LithuanianAčiūLithuania
Lozi/SiloziNi itumeziZambia
LugandaWeebaleUganda
MacedonianВи благодарамNorth Macedonia
MalagasyMisaotra anaoMadagascar
MalayTerima kasihMalaysian
Malayalamനന്ദിIndia
MalteseGrazziMalta
Marshallese/East Timorese (Language is Tetum)ObrigaduMarshall Islands
NdebeleNgiyabongaZimbabwe
Nepaliधन्यवादNepal
NorwegianTakk skal du haNorway
OromoGalatoomiEthiopia
Pakistani Pahari (with Mirpuri and Potwari)ShukarPakistan
PashtoمننهAfghanistan
Persian/FarsiمتشکرمIran
PolishDziękujęPoland
PortugueseObrigadoPortugal
Punjabiਤੁਹਾਡਾ ਧੰਨਵਾਦIndia/Pakistan
RomanianMulțumescRomania
RussianСпасибоRussia
SamoanFaafeteiSamoa
ScotsTapadh leibhScotland
SerbianХвала вамSerbia
ShonaNdatendaZimbabwe
Sindhiتوهان جي مهربانيIndia
SinhalaWazviitaSri Lanka
SlovakĎakujemSlovakia
SlovenianHvalaSlovenia
SomaliWaad ku mahadsan tahaySomalia/Djibouti
SothoKea lebohaLesotho/South Africa
SpanishGraciasSpain, South America
Swahili/KiswahiliAsanteEastern/Southern Africa
SwaziNgiyabongaEswantini / South Africa
SwedishTackSweden
Tagalog/FilipinoSalamatPhilippines
Tamilநன்றி
நன்றி
Sri Lanka
Teluguధన్యవాదాలుIndia
ThaiขอบคุณThailand
TigrinyaYekeniyeleyEritrea/Ethiopia
Tiv M sugh uNigeria
Tswana/SetswanaKe a lebogaSouthern Africa
TuluMast UpakaraIndia
TurkishTeşekkür ederimTurkey
UkrainianДякуюUkraine
UrduشکریہPakistan
Uyghurرەھمەت سىزگەChina
UzbekRahmatUzbekistan
VietnameseCảm ơn bạnVietnam
WelshDiolch yn fawrWales
West-African Pidgin EnglishYou do wellNigera
WolofJërë-jëfSenegal
XhosaEnkosiSouth Africa/Zimbabwe
Yiddishאדאנק Israel + others
Yorubae dupeNigeria/Benin
ZuluNgiyabongaSouth Africa

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