Thursday, November 8, 2018

Great War Rail Workers Remembered as Locomotive Named - Lest We Forget

20,000 Gave Their Lives to Serve Their Country
Shipping News Feature
UK – With the centenary of Armistice Day almost upon us Freightliner, like sister company Pentalver now a subsidiary of Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W), named its recently re-liveried locomotive 66413 'Lest We Forget' in recognition of The Royal British Legion's 'Thank You' movement. The movement leads the nation in saying Thank You to the First World War generation who served, sacrificed and changed our world. Catherine Davies, Head of Remembrance at The Royal British Legion, said:

“We owe the World War 1 generation a huge debt of gratitude for helping to shape the world as we know it today. Not only the 1.2 million British and Commonwealth Armed Forces who lost their lives on the battlefield, but also those who kept the home front going. Our ‘Thank You’ movement recognises all who played their part at home. We are grateful to those who ran the railway in the First World War and who helped keep the country moving during such difficult times.”

The loco naming ceremony took place at Freightliner’s maritime terminal in Southampton and was attended by more than 50 guests; including the Mayor of Southampton, industry representatives and several ex-military colleagues from both Freightliner and Pentalver. Following a remembrance service, the name plate, which also features The Royal British Legion’s Thank You logo, was unveiled by the winners of the staff loco naming competition. Adam Cunliffe, CCO of G&W’s UK/Europe companies, echoed the sentiments of all, observing:

“The Royal British Legion’s Thank You movement provides a perfect opportunity to recognise and remember the crucial role the rail industry had to play during World War 1. Trains transported troops, rations, coal, water, horses and artillery across Britain and Europe in a way never previously seen. Over 100,000 railway workers enlisted when the war broke out. By the end of the war, tragically 20,000 had lost their lives. We should never forget the ultimate sacrifice they made.”