Well done "one" Railway



Nice to see this reported:


19 November 2007

National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway, the train operator for London and the East of England is to name a Class 90 electric locomotive “Royal Anglian Regiment” in a ceremony taking place at London Liverpool Street station, on Thursday 22nd November.

The naming is being held in recognition of the homecoming of the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment from their recent tour-of-duty in Afghanistan. A serving soldier of the Battalion will unveil the nameplates in a ceremony at the station at 10.00am attended by families and soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment. The Under Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg MP will be a guest of the Regiment and ‘one’ railway at the event.

Families and soldiers from the 1st Battalion Royal Anglian Regiment will then be the first to travel on the newly named “Royal Anglian Regiment” locomotive when they travel to the Battalion’s Homecoming Parade which is being held in Norwich later that day.

The ‘Royal Anglian Regiment’ nameplates have been restored by ‘one’ railway and will again be a prominent feature on the Norwich to London mainline service. They were originally fitted to a locomotive on the route in 1985.

As part of ‘one’ railway’s support for the Regiment, the train operator is providing complimentary train travel for over 100 soldiers and family members to travel by train to the Homecoming Parade in Norwich on 22nd November, and a further 100 to travel to the second homecoming event being held in Bury St. Edmunds the following day.

The homecoming on Thursday 22nd November is being held in Norwich at 14.00, where the Battalion will exercise its Freedom of Norwich in the presence of the Lord Mayor and their Colonel in Chief, HRH the Duke of Gloucester, prior to marching to Norwich Cathedral for a service of remembrance and thanksgiving.

Andrew Chivers, Managing Director for ‘one’ railway said:

“We are delighted to restore the ‘Royal Anglian Regiment’ nameplates to their rightful place on the Norwich to London mainline service, whilst paying tribute to the dedication and commitment of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment in their recent work in Afghanistan. ‘one’ railway is proud to play our part in the Regiment’s homecoming through the naming of this locomotive.”

Nice one - I might just pop along at 10:00 to watch.
The Under Secretary of State for Defence, Derek Twigg MP will be a guest of the Regiment and ‘one’ railway at the event.
What a shame this fool is being allowed to bask in the reflected glory of the Vikings.

Still, an excellent move by the railway.


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Hoorah! Well done that train service. Recognition from the whole of our society for the commitment of our forces is what's needed, and naming a train is one example.

Now, about that budget . . .


Problem is, as with all things One, it will be late and dirty. Not quite the image the Anglians would like to project.
There's a picture of The Vikings in today's Metro paper if anyone is interested. Looks like they are getting a good bit of applause parading through Guildford yesterday.
The Vikings press officer has done an excellent job. Dannat should nab him for better things.

Let's not forget the other troops who have just come back.
For those of you interested, naming loco's/ power cars after army regiments/ units is nothing new:


Sadly a lot of them dont last the test of time, but the idea is still a good one, keeps our forces within the public eye, I believe recently FGW named a power car Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and they have one called Royal Corps of Signals as well.

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