Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Hull Trains puts name choice to a public vote

The people of Hull and East Yorkshire are to be given that chance to name the fifth and final Paragon train, ending a process that began three years ago when the fleet launched.

The ‘Name that Train’ competition was introduced back in 2019 as Hull Trains prepared to welcome its new Paragon fleet of Hitachi trains.

Members of the public were invited to make suggestions for names of the five individual trains, that reflected the history, culture and community of Hull and the East Yorkshire region to put the city and its trains on the map.

The shortlisted names are:

• Jean Bishop (The Bee Lady)
• The Housemartins
• Lillian Bilocca
• London’s Calling
• Chip Spice

The public response was phenomenal with hundreds of entries submitted, says the company. The COVID-19 pandemic put the competition on hold, but it’s now being relaunched. A group of Hull Trains colleagues help to reduce 50 shortlisted names down to 15. A group of local VIPs representing community groups, local businesses, and the media were asked to further slim down the shortlist. The VIPs selected four names to go on to the trains, whilst the final and fifth name will go to a public vote. Hull Trains are also offering a prize to the individual who correctly picks the name of the final train.

David Gibson, MD of Hull Trains said: “This is an exciting opportunity for the people of Hull to leave a lasting legacy on our fleet of trains that will be seen between East Yorkshire and the capital. The names included in the public vote are all unique to Hull and our city’s culture. I’m really looking forward to seeing the chosen names on our fleet of Hitachi 802s in the near future!”

The voting for the competition opens soon. More details are at

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