GB Railfreight, in partnership with the Worshipful Company of Paviors, is today (14 September) pleased to announce the naming of its new locomotive, ‘The Pavior’.
The locomotive, number 66758, was christened at a ceremony at Tarmac’s Harper Lane site in Radlett at 1.00pm this afternoon. The loco is named in honour of the Worshipful Company of Paviors, who were historically responsible for the pavements of the City of London and, over the years, have been critical to the development of the craft of paving, road making, general construction and infrastructure. Its modern membership includes the leaders of construction in the UK. The loco will be used across the GBRf business and numerous routes going forward.
John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight, said of the naming:
‘We have always been proud of our longstanding friendship with the Worshipful Company of Paviors, an organization of such great history and pageantry. We are delighted that GB Railfreight today becomes part of the Paviors’ rich history with the naming of The Pavior; long may our friendship continue.’
Dyfrig James, the Master of The Worshipful Company of Paviors said:
‘The Paviors are extremely proud to have a locomotive named after them. This is a very significant moment in our 700-year history, and demonstrates the close link with the industry of today. Our sincere thanks to GB Raifreight and its CEO John Smith in particular.’