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Mr. Doodle Transforms K&ESR Carriage for 50th Anniversary Celebrations

In his mission to spread the DoodleLand phenomenon worldwide, celebrated millennial artist Mr. Doodle has transformed everything from a Formula One racing car to his entire home with his distinctive signature doodles.

Now, as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the Kent & East Sussex Railway (K&ESR), Mr. Doodle has accepted a major new challenge—one he couldn't resist and generously agreed to fund.

For the first time, Mr. Doodle will bring his art to the railway sector. At 11 am on July 26th, at his hometown station in Tenterden, he will doodle the exterior of an entire railway carriage live, creating the world's first Doodle Train. The doodles will be applied directly onto a special protective wrap covering the carriage sides—a technique more often used for applying pre-printed designs to cars and other vehicles.

Photo credit :Morgan Davies @morgan_the_moon

The Doodle Train will then become part of K&ESR’s regular passenger fleet, running on select heritage services over the weekend and throughout August. The first two services will depart from Tenterden at 11:25 am on both Saturday, July 27th, and Sunday, July 28th. Mr. Doodle will also be on the platform for the Saturday morning train to see everyone off.

During this special weekend, Tenterden Town Station will transform into DoodleTown Station. Children can enjoy various Mr. Doodle activities, including doodling their own cardboard train and participating in a treasure hunt to find Mr. Doodle’s signature doodles around the station. A selection of Mr. Doodle merchandise will also be available in the station shop from the weekend until the end of August.

Photo credit :Morgan Davies @morgan_the_moon

A 'golden ticket' will be randomly awarded to one Doodle Train passenger each day, entitling the winner to a Family Ticket (two adults plus up to two children) for a future trip on the K&ESR.

Families will be thrilled to know that the Doodle Train is included in the railway’s Summer ‘Kids Go FREE’ offer, running throughout July and August. Any child under 16 can travel for free with a fare-paying adult, allowing for unlimited trips up and down the line on the day of travel.

Speaking about the project, Mr. Doodle said: "I am very happy to be doodling a train! It's the first time my drawings have appeared on a vehicle this size. It's going to be so fun! It's especially nice that it's all happening in my hometown. I hope the people here will enjoy it!"

Robin Coombes, K&ESR General Manager, said:

"As a local artist and frequent visitor to the K&ESR, we were delighted that Mr Doodle agreed to literally ‘make his mark' on our 50th Anniversary celebrations. We'd also like to extend our thanks to Mr Doodle for funding the project and giving his time to help support the local community.

 

"Some heritage rail enthusiasts might raise their eyebrows at this initiative, but I believe such innovations and experiments are very much in the spirit that Col Stephens himself demonstrated in bringing the light railway to the Weald more than 120 years ago.

 

"For our 50th Anniversary we committed to not only celebrating the achievements of the past five decades but also to looking to the future and how we can continue to thrive - not just survive - bringing new audiences to our railway and to the area, as the opening of the re-connection to Robertsbridge gets ever closer."

 

There are a limited number of seats available on each Doodle Train3 which can't be reserved so, to avoid disappointment, both advance online booking at www.kesr.org.uk to save and early arrival at the station are strongly recommended for 27th and 28th July and for its scheduled August services. Terms and conditions apply, please visit the website for more details.

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