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A very moving service: Rail enthusiasts get married on train from London Euston

A very moving service: Rail enthusiasts get married on train from London Euston

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A rail-crazy couple have tied the knot in their “dream” place – onboard a train.

Laura Dale and Jane Magnet travelled on the West Coast Main Line when they first met, so winning a competition to have their wedding on a train was a “dream come true”.

The newlyweds, from Surrey, beat 150 other entries for the opportunity to say “I do” on an Avanti West Coast service.

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday August 11 Undated handout photo issued by Avanti West Coast of Jane Magnet (right) and Laura Dale during their wedding on the train provider's 'Marriage Carriage'. Issue date: Wednesday August 11, 2021.
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The couple were wed by Avanti West Coast train manager and ex-clergyman Peter Davis
Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday August 11 Undated handout photo issued by Avanti West Coast of Jane Magnet (left) and Laura Dale after their wedding on the train provider's 'Marriage Carriage'. Issue date: Wednesday August 11, 2021.
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Jane Magnet and Laura Dale enjoyed their special day

The line connects the major cities of London and Glasgow with branches to Birmingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Edinburgh.

They had hoped to get married nearly two years ago but were delayed by a combination of the COVID-19 pandemic, finances and logistics.

After gathering for a champagne reception at London Euston, the pair and 18 guests boarded a Pendolino carriage decorated with flowers.

Two of the guests were Ms Dale’s sisters, who she had not seen since the pandemic began.

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday August 11 Undated handout photo issued by Avanti West Coast of Jane Magnet and Laura Dale after their wedding on the train provider's 'Marriage Carriage'. Issue date: Wednesday August 11, 2021.
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(L-R) Jane Magnet and Laura Dale after their wedding on the train

A wedding breakfast was laid out for people to enjoy before the couple cut their train-themed wedding cake, and speeches were given by friends and family.

“As a huge train fan, today has been a dream come true, having Jane and our friends and family with us as we celebrated our wedding at high speed,” said Ms Dale.

“Trains are a huge part of my life. The first time Jane and I met in person, we travelled on the West Coast Main Line to a video game convention in Telford, and we often travel onboard with friends to Birmingham Comic-Con.”

Embargoed to 0001 Wednesday August 11 Undated handout photo issued by Avanti West Coast of Jane Magnet (left) and Laura Dale after their wedding on the train provider's 'Marriage Carriage'. Issue date: Wednesday August 11, 2021.
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Jane Magnet (left) and Laura Dale share a kiss after cutting their train-themed cake

The 29-year-old added: “Jane used to travel to Birmingham New Street to see her nan, so this route has a real place in her heart, and today will forever take us to our happy place as we think back to the ceremony.”

Avanti West Coast’s executive director of customer experience Natasha Grice said helping the train fanatics celebrate their special day was “incredibly exciting and heart-warming”.

She added: “This wedding has been a highlight for our team and will be fondly remembered for years to come.”

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