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At TransPennine Express we’re super excited to launch our new state-of-the-art Nova trains, with loads more seats, bigger tables, more plug sockets, enhanced catering, Wi-Fi, onboard entertainment, bike storage, electronic seat reservations, plus much more, were giving customers the ride of their dreams every single day. Celebrating the launch, we got thinking about what a dream train could really look like? And what better way to discover the trains of dreams than by tapping into the imaginations of the next generation of train enthusiasts. What would the train of their dreams look like? We set out to find out exactly that and asked a selection of children to draw their dream train. We chose our 10 favourites and had them designed as realistic artwork. Here are the results.
As if the excitement of stepping on board a train of the future wasn’t enough, Jack’s keeping the adrenaline levels pumping with his Rollercoaster Train. Yes that’s right, Jack’s imagination has run wild and he’s created the world’s first train that comes complete with rollercoaster onboard.
He hasn’t stopped there though, as this triumphant train also has a hot tub, ball pit and slide in its carriages to keep customers occupied with fun from start to finish. And if that wasn’t enough, the train itself is aerodynamic and hovers using magnetic waves. What an exciting, futuristic train.
Who wouldn’t want to throw some shapes onboard the Dance Train as the world flies by outside?
Megan’s Dance Train is certainly where the party’s at and it really shows her love for dance. As you’d expect everything on board is all about tapping your toes to the beat. In the first carriage, you can enjoy a fresh and funky journey with the onboard street dancers, while the second carriage keeps things a bit more classic with ballerinas performing for the customers. The disco lights throughout keep the party popping, while the dance themed food is the perfect accompaniment to this musical masterpiece.
Jaiya’s re-imagined the idea of the travelling circus and taken it to new heights. Why not bring the customers to the circus instead?
The captivating Circus Train is a travelling circus on wheels where the fun never stops. customers hopping onboard will make their way through the big top tents and be amazed at the fantastic features inside. They can expect to be wowed by animals on tightropes, trapeze artists on swings and the main event; the circle of fire. A ride on this train will certainly be fun and eventful.
Now this really is a train of the future. Aiden’s dream train is aptly named the Rocket Booster Train.
And how do you think you get on to a rocket booster train? A normal door and a notice to “mind the gap” just doesn’t cut it for this luxury locomotive. No, this top-notch train features an outside slide which shoots customers through the door. As you’d expect a Rocket Booster Train wouldn’t earn its name if it didn’t come complete with rocket boosters on the undercarriage making sure it can hover above the track as it zooms customers from A to B. It also comes complete with a smiling fire breathing mouth! Why not?
Rabbits just love carrots don’t they? And Amber just loves rabbits. In fact they are her favourite animals.
So why not make her dream train into the Rabbit Carrot train. Amber’s imagination has pictured the entire train as one giant carrot on wheels, with a rabbit conductor at the helm. And, as she said herself, this would be the best train in the world! See for yourself. What a train it is!
While trains travel the world far and wide, one place they haven’t yet helped their customers to discover is the world beneath the ocean. Until now. With Hannah’s Under the Sea Train the deepest depths of the deep dark blue are brought to the rails with a carriage that doubles up as a fish tank and that’s home to crabs, starfish, fish, a dolphin and octopus.
The icing on this undersea cake is the presence of two mermaids in the tank. Are they on show or are they helping to check tickets? Well, that’s up to Hannah as this is the train of her dreams. The train itself is a multicoloured steam train which pulls the tank along. Wow, what a train.
Now this is a magical and exciting train. Who knew that what the we were all missing was a Unicorn Train? Well, Olivia did, as that’s just what her dream train is. People will stop in their tracks and gaze in wonder as they see the unicorn horn leading this magnificent train, with its radiant rainbow paintwork.
Customers have room to relax in the front carriage where there’ll also be a toy playroom and space for four legged customers in the pet area. The magic continues into the eating area found in the fourth carriage where guests can enjoy sausages, burgers and pizza. Olivia has thought of everything with toilets included in the back carriage. What a wonderful future she has as a train designer.
Who needs train tracks when the train itself can actually fly? A flying train, surely it’s not possible? Well it is. Just ask Maisie as that’s exactly what her dream train can do.
This double decker train has two floors of seats accommodating customers in standard class on the bottom and upper class on the top. But the most exciting futuristic feature is the big blue wings found on the side of the carriage giving this train the ability to fly. That’s not all folks, with the roof also home to tables, chairs and a swimming pool. And to cope with the Great British weather, there’s also a large green canopy protecting customers from the elements.
Is it a bird, is it a plane, is it Superman? No of course not. It’s Ella’s dream train; the Star Train. Making travelling at night oh so special, the star train doesn’t need tracks on which to travel. Oh no, it simply shoots through the night’s sky rather than running on a track on the ground. And what will people see when they look up and the Star Train passes? A long, streamlined, yellow train filled with in twinkly lights will power past, just like a shooting star. What a special train this would be.
What are two of the best things about the summer? Music festivals and travelling to new places of course. So, why has no one thought about bringing these together before?Well it seems that everyone was waiting for Holly to come up with the idea for her dream train, that’s why. Her Music of the Sky Train is based on an indoor travelling music festival, where different times of day and different weather types all happen at once. Of course, there’s always rain and sunshine at music festivals.And how does it run? On wheels? No, we don’t need wheels where we’re going. It’s carried by unicorns of course.
So we’ve had underwater scenes on the rails, trains flying through the night’s sky, a festival on a train, and plenty of inventive ways to power our trains of dreams. And that’s just those that made it into our top 10.
There were loads more dream trains from our next batch of train designers. You can see the amazing drawings here.
But while these are still a dream and far from becoming a reality, you can explore Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Newcastle and more with TransPennine Express using our new Nova fleet of trains instead.
Concept art by THIS IS RENDER.