66742 honoured with Port of Immingham name

Published: 07:32AM May 10th, 2012
By: RAIL EXPRESS

GB Railfreight helps the APB's Port of Immingham celebrate 100 years of operation with Class 66/7 locomotive naming.

66742 honoured with Port of Immingham name

Photo: GB Railfreight

As part of Associated British Ports’ (ABP) Port of Immingham’s centenary celebrations, GB Railfreight (GBRf), the award-winning freight haulier, has named a locomotive Port of Immingham Centenary 1912-2012.

The locomotive, number 66742, was named at a special ceremony at the port on Friday, April 27, 2012. It was unveiled by special guest Michael Portillo, who filmed some of GBRf’s work at Immingham as part of his popular BBC2 Series Great Railway Journeys. The episode will be screened in early 2013.

GBRf has a long-established partnership with Immingham, transporting coal and fuel from the port.

The Port of Immingham was officially opened by King George V on July 22, 1912. During the First World War it was a Royal Navy 'N' Submarine base, while in 1944 minesweeper HMS Fancy and escort destroyer HMS Cotswold both underwent repair there. Since 2001 Immingham has officially been the busiest port in the UK with over 50 millions tonnes a year being handled. Furthermore the port is the hub for over 25% of all the UK’s rail freight.

John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: “It is a pleasure to name this locomotive Port of Immingham Centenary 1912-2012, celebrating not just the continued expansion of the UK’s largest port, but also recognising the ongoing partnership between GBRf and the port.”

John Fitzgerald ABP port director Grimsby & Immingham said: “We are truly grateful to John and his team for the honour of this locomotive naming. This year we celebrate 100 years since the opening of the port. Our links to the rail industry stem from the original developers of Immingham Great Central Railway Company, and rail plays a vital role in moving cargo through our facilities. Our thanks also go to Michael Portillo who gave up his busy filming schedule to join in our celebration.”

Amanda Wilson appointed head of coal
Meanwhile, Amanda Wilson has joined GB Railfreight (GBRf) as the new head of coal. She replaces Phil Webster, who was appointed head of contract management in October last year.

Amanda brings with her a wealth of experience in the rail industry. She joined British Rail’s Youth Training Scheme at the age of 16 in 1983 and worked first in a passenger ticket office before moving into clerical support. Her first coal related role was in 1989 working for East Midlands Freight as a coal controller, based in Nottingham.

Before joining GBRf she worked for EWS in various positions within the coal team, before becoming the loal team leader and most recently was account manager coal for DB Schenker.

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