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"Battle of Britain Memorial Flight" train

The East Coast 225 Electric train will be officially named by Carol Vorderman Credit: East Coast

A record-breaking East Coast locomotive is to be named ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’ by Carol Vorderman, in a ceremony to launch a nine-day festival at the National Railway Museum in York this June.

The locomotive will carry a specially-designed livery featuring the ‘planes and insignia of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF BBMF).

Three of its iconic aircraft – the Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster – will fly overhead as Carol unveils the train in front of thousands of visitors at the opening of Railfest, a spectacular celebration of the railways, on Saturday, 2 June 2012.

The locomotive, number 91110, achieved a UK national speed record for electric trains at Stoke Bank, north of Peterborough, on 17 September 1989 – a record which stands to this day.