Truck and Track Spring 2024

Truck and Track Spring 2024 74 RAILFREIGHT Rail freight operating company, GB Railfreight has named a Class 66 locomotive ‘Ipswich Town’ during a ceremony at Ipswich Station. The locomotive will now be used to pull a wide range of goods, including construction materials, fuel and many items found in shops across the country. To mark the occasion, GB Railfreight Chief Executive, John Smith, Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) Managing Director, Dan Everitt and Ipswich Town’s Chairman, Mike O’Leary and Chief Executive, Mark Ashton unveiled the name plate of the locomotive at Ipswich Station. Also present at the ceremony was Ipswich club legend and former manager George Burley. GB Railfreight has a number of football themed locomotives – 66725 is named ‘Sunderland’ to reflect the fanatical support of its Chief Executive, John Smith and 66738, ‘Huddersfield Town’ was unveiled in 2017 by Huddersfield fan and train enthusiast, Sir Patrick Stewart. Football fans and train enthusiasts will be able to see the locomotive across the network in the coming months. Locomotive 66307 was acquired by GB Railfreight in 2023 from Akiem in mainland Europe and is currently undertaking its final fit out after being converted for service on the network in Great Britain. John Smith, Chief Executive — GB Railfreight, said: “We’re delighted to be naming a locomotive ‘Ipswich Town’. Not only does it extend GB Railfreight’s tradition of naming locomotives after football clubs, it also acknowledges that the Port of Felixstowe and East Anglia have been central to our success. “In that time, we’ve developed a strong relationship with MSC, that will continue to thrive as we seek to grow the business further, driving jobs and growth across the region.” Danny Everitt, Managing Director — Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), said: “Our relationship with GB Railfreight has always been special, spanning over 22 years from when we established our very first contract train from the Port of Felixstowe. This partnership has grown from strength to strength and together with Ipswich Town, we can continue to support our customers nationwide whilst reducing Co2 from the supply chain.” Mark Ashdown, CEO — Ipswich Town Football Club, said: “We are honoured GB Railfreight have named a locomotive after Ipswich Town Football Club. “To know a locomotive will be transporting the Club’s name around the country, alongside valued partner MSC, is something we can all take a great deal of pride in.” GB Railfreight names Class 66 locomotive ‘Ipswich Town’ From left to right – Mike O’Leary, Chairman of Ipswich Town Football Club, John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight, Dan Everitt, Managing Director of Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC), Philip Drury, Ipswich Town Football Club fan, George Burley, former Ipswich Town Football Club Player and Manager and Mark Ashton, Chief Executive of Ipswich Town Football Club TRUCK & TRAILER SOLUTIONS WELCOME TOALLPORTS GROUP GB Railfreight (GBRf), one of the country’s largest rail freight operators, has selected Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) to be its new charity partner, after receiving 50 different nominations from its 1,400 train crew and staff. Over a two-year partnership, GBRf hopes to raise as much as possible for GOSH Charity, helping to support seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The money will be raised through employee fundraising initiatives, which will include challenge events and payroll giving. The GBRf Charity Panel were moved by the testimonies sent in which set out the incredible care that GOSH has given to several children known to GBRf staff. This included Dottie Rees, daughter of GBRf Train Manager, John Rees. Dottie was rushed to GOSH in September 2020 where she spent 17 days in intensive care and was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Since then, she has received numerous rounds of chemotherapy and still makes two visits a month for specialist appointments. To mark the start of the partnership, the GBRf Charity Panel and its Chair Sarah Whurr, were given a tour of Great Ormond Street Hospital by the GOSH Charity Fundraising Team. Sarah Whurr, Head of Sustainability and Chair of the Charity Panel at GB Railfreight, said; “When visiting Great Ormond Street Hospital, in addition to the expertise, I was immediately struck by the love and support for the children and their families, who are going through an unimaginable situation. I’m certain that all of our 1,400 staff will get behind this partnership, so that we can help GOSH Charity raise vital funds to support children and their families at GOSH Sarah Bissell, Deputy Director of Relationship Fundraising at GOSH Charity, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone at GB Railfreight who has chosen GOSH Charity as the organisation’s new charity partner. It is thanks to the generosity of supporters like GB Railfreight that GOSH Charity can continue to fund the hospital’s most urgent needs and make a real difference to the lives of seriously ill children from across the UK who are treated at GOSH.” GB Railfreight partners with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity