A 100-YEAR-OLD GWR war veteran will be making an appearance at the Steam Museum today.

Gordon Pritchard will ride in the drivers cab of a new Intercity Express Train from Swansea to Swindon as part of his birthday celebrations.

Arriving at the museum at around 1.45pm today, Gordon will receive a GWR birthday cake.

Gordon spent more than 40 years working for the GWR as well as serving as part of the Royal Engineers in the Second World War.

The war veteran will travel the 93-mile journey in GWR’s high-speed bullet-style train, a stark contrast to engines used to transport soldiers, goods and artillery across Asia and Europe during the war.

Gordon will also have the opportunity to tour the museum, which will bring back memories of his time both working at GWR and serving in the military.

After leaving school at 14, he worked in a butchers and a factory before joining GWR. During his time working for the railway, he drove freight and passenger trains, regularly using the Swansea to London Paddington route.