Historic Metrocar gets a Royal makeover for the Platinum Jubilee

4020 Metrocar
20 May 2022

A Metrocar has received some special livery to commemorate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year.

Metrocar 4020 was used by the Queen to travel on during her visit to officially open the Tyne and Wear Metro network in November 1981, and it is still in service today.

Four of the official Platinum Jubilee logos have been added to the carriage, and information cards with the logo and photos of the Queen’s visit in 1981 have been placed in advertising spaces within the carriage.

The idea came from one of Nexus’ youngest employees, Alfie Gascoigne. Alfie, age 16, is an apprentice in the Bus Services Team.

He said: “All employees were asked what we could do as an organisation to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee. I think the fact that we have still got the original train which the Queen first travelled on 40 years ago is really special, so I suggested that we mark up that one train carriage to commemorate the Jubilee. It looks fantastic!”

Prince Charles also travelled on Metrocar 4020 when he visited Tyne and Wear Metro in November 2021.

Her Majesty The Queen has played an important role in the Metro’s history, opening the Tyne & Wear Metro in 1981, which included the naming of the Queen Elizabeth II Metro bridge over the Tyne, and the opening of the Sunderland Metro line and Park Lane Interchange in 2002.

Nexus’ Customer Services Director, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re delighted to be joining in with celebrations for the Platinum Jubilee, this is one of a number of initiatives our teams have been working on.

"The 4020 has a special place in Metro heritage and it was a great idea of Alfie’s to add the official Jubilee livery to show our support and appreciation for Her Majesty. Thanks also to our colleagues at Stadler for their support in getting the logo on the Metrocar.”

On 6 February this year Her Majesty The Queen became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth. To celebrate this unprecedented anniversary, events and initiatives are taking place throughout the year, culminating in a four-day UK bank holiday weekend from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 June.

Alfie Gascoigne with Metrocar 4020
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh with Metrocar 4020 in 1981
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