Steam locomotive to haul Queens Baton as part of the Severn Valley Railway tour

The route for the Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay has been revealed, and the route includes a visit to the Severn Valley Railway.

Birmingham will host the 16th Baton Relay as part of the build-up to the Commonwealth Games.

The Baton Relay is due to travel across England for 29 days before ending at the Opening Ceremony in Birmingham on July 28, 2022.

Kicking off on Thursday June 2, the Baton will spend four days in London, coinciding with the Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The Baton will then continue their international journey, returning to England on Monday July 4 to begin a 25-day tour of the regions.

On Saturday July 23, 2022, the Baton will visit the Severn Valley Railway as part of its journey through the West Midlands.

Special Baton services are set to be operated on the Severn Valley Railway by 34027 Taw Valley, which will appear in its special Platinum Jubilee livery.

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The dates the Baton visits each region are:

  • July 4 – July 5: South West
  • July 6 – July 7: South-East
  • July 8 – July 9: East of England
  • July 10 – July 11: East Midlands
  • July 12 – July 13: Yorkshire and Humber
  • July 14 – July 15: Northeast
  • July 16 – July 17: Northwest
  • July 18 – July 28: West Midlands

Helen Smith, Managing Director of SVR, said: “We are delighted that the Queen’s Baton Birmingham 2022 Relay will be heading to the Severn Valley Railway on July 23, as part of its incredible journey across England this summer. We can’t wait to celebrate the Baton’s arrival and everyone here is delighted to give him a warm welcome.

Phil Batty, Director of Ceremonies, Culture and the Queen’s Baton Relay, said: “As the Baton traveled across the Commonwealth, we worked closely with local authorities in England to design an itinerary that engages hundreds of communities, passing sporting venues, historic sites, local schools and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Yet the Queen’s Baton Relay is more than just a trip. It symbolizes the connection of people from all corners of the Commonwealth, celebrates the Batonbearers who take on challenges and marks the countdown to the biggest sporting event in West Midlands history. And by the time the Baton returns to England for the final leg, 71 nations and territories will have already experienced the magic that comes with it.

“We hope communities across the country will join in the excitement, see events near them, line the streets to cheer on our amazing flag bearers and celebrate the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Jose P. Rogers