On Saturday 24th June, in honour of Armed Forces Day, GB Railfreight and the Royal Corps of Signals renamed a class 66 locomotive, Royal Corps of Signals.
The loco, which will fly the flag for the British Army as well as the Royal Corps of Signals on routes across the UK, was named at a ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day celebrations in Swanage. The locomotive was officially named by John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight and Major General John Crackett of the Royal Corps of Signals.
John Smith said:
“We are delighted and hugely honoured that one of our locomotives will carry the name Royal Corps of Signals and we cannot think of a more fitting tribute on today, of all days. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to recognise the sacrifice of those who serve, and have served, in the UK forces and pay thanks.”
The Royal Corps of Signals has a long association with the town of Swanage, spanning over three decades. In that time, over 5,000 soldiers have taken part in exercises that have helped improve the infrastructure of The Swanage Railway. GB Railfreight is proud to recognise the contribution of these soldiers and the role it plays in the efficient operation of the UK’s rail network.