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Competition FAQs


The competition

You can enter the competition from Sunday 21 February until Friday 9 April 2021

You can submit your entry online here or post it to us, along with this form, to: The Magnificent Train Journey, TfW, 3 Llys Cadwyn, Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf, CF37 4TH.  

Friday 9 April at 6pm.
Following the sad news of the passing of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh, the closing date of the competition will be extended beyond the period of mourning. More information will follow.

All primary school children may apply, aged between 4-11 years old.

No, just one entry per person.

Trains must be named after a real place or a mythical figure.

The best entries will be the ones that say something about Wales or its borders. They might tell us about history or about a local legend.
You’re more likely to win if your proposed name is unique, so think of somewhere special to you.

No, we can’t use other company’s brand names. Is your favourite restaurant near a nice park or a castle? Those names are what we want.

Yes. All winners are on behalf of their school, so we’d encourage you to apply as a class or school where possible.

We only accept pictures that are 2 dimensional.

The largest size picture we accept is A4.

Unfortunately we can’t return entries. If you don’t want to send in your original picture than take a photograph of it and send that in instead.

No, just one entry per person.

A maximum of 500 words, please.

All primary school children may apply, aged between 4-11 years old.

Unfortunately, we aren’t accepting names of real people.

Unfortunately, the only fictional names we’ll accept are from myths and legends. Try Merlin instead of Harry.

Yes of course. We live in a multicultural society and we want to celebrate the diversity in Wales and its borders.

No, it can be a place local to you. Just tell us why it’s special.

No, you can live in Wales or its borders. We count that as: Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, Chester and Cheshire West, Cheshire East, Halton, Warrington, the Wirral, Birmingham, Liverpool and Greater Manchester.

We have two rounds of judging. The first round will be local. There will be five regional panels who will choose the train names for their region. The winners from the regional round go to another panel for even more prizes. You can find out about our judges here.

The first round of winners will know at the end of June 2021.

Yes, a parent, guardian or teacher should enter on behalf of the artist.

No, only a parent, guardian or teacher can send in the entry.

No, you must send in something creative to explain why you chose that name. You can write a poem, story or make a picture.

Yes. All information will be held on a secure database. Information from unsuccessful entrants will be destroyed as soon as the winners are announced. Winners’ information will be retained to distribute prizes and will be destroyed after the project finishes. Our full privacy policy is available here.

We’ll be showcasing some of the winning entries. By entering, you’re agreeing to allow us to use your entry in any future publication.

The new trains will be ready from 2022. All winners will be notified through the school when the new trains are ready to roll.

Your proposed name will be applied to the side of a brand-new Transport for Wales train, where it will remain for years to come. The winners will also receive a ‘Creative Kit’ that they can use in school or at home.
Prizes will also be awarded to category winners. They’ll receive a model train from Hornby. This is being specially designed as we speak.

We hope so. You’ll name a train in your local region.

For teachers

Yes. children win on behalf of their school and we’ll mention the school when we announce the winners.

No. They’re a guide for lessons you could deliver. We’d like it if you did, but they’re not compulsory.

Yes, absolutely. You’re welcome to use any of our resources, but you won’t be able to enter the competition.

Our lesson plans are designed for the Welsh KS2 Curriculum. The teacher pack will tell you exactly which curriculum points each lesson meets. The lessons are designed to be ‘mix and match’, so you can alter the delivery for your pupils’ needs or the area of the curriculum you’re focusing on. Similarly, they easily adapt to the curriculum in England.

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