Avanti West Coast has announced the name of its Pride Train on national 'Coming Out Day' last week.

The train operator has decided to call the train Progress after rail engineer Edward Hitchon Godfrey was announced as the winner of the naming competition which received over 1,500 entries.

The first fully decorated Pride Train, it has 11 carriages, is 265m long and is crewed by LGBTQ+ staff.

Wrapped in the pride flag colours, it's now in regular service on the West Coast Main Line.

The train has helped Edward come out to colleagues and family, winning this competition helped him come out publicly.

The announcement was made on national ‘Coming Out Day’.

The name was chosen as part of a competition calling on members of the public to submit suggestions to give the train an identity.

Edward Hitchon Godfrey said: "Trainbows, Pride Trains and events gave me - a closeted bisexual man - the feeling of support within the industry I love, to come out at work, and to challenge prejudiced views.

"To me Progress embodies a celebration of where we have got to as an industry and as a society and a recognition that we're not there yet.”