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First GBRf locomotive named ‘Drax Power Station’
20 September 2007

A First GBRf class 66 locomotive was today (20 September 2007) named ‘Drax Power Station’.

The name plaque, on loco 66724, was unveiled by Peter Emery, Production Director of Drax Power Limited and John Smith, Managing Director of First GBRf at a ceremony at The National Railway Museum in York.

The naming celebrates the contract between First GBRf and Drax Power Limited to move coal from the Port of Tyne to the Drax Power Station.


John said: “It’s a real pleasure for me to be able to perform the naming ceremony, it’s a great way to mark the start of our coal contract with Drax.”


Peter Emery, Production Director of Drax Power Limited said: “We are delighted to be at this event with First GBRf with whom we are developing an excellent working relationship. Given the high level of reliability we have seen so far and clear evidence of First GBRf’s strategic investment, as witnessed today, we are encouraged that they will continue to provide a high delivery performance.” 

Note to editors

  • First GBRf is the most reliable rail freight haulier in Britain. 
  • The company has won recently two major coal contracts. The first with Drax Power Limited and the second with EDF Energy, to move coal from Welbeck or Thoresby colliery to West Burton. 
  • First GBRf employs 250 people 
  • First GBRf run 27 class 66 diesel locomotives. The Canadian-built engines have the ‘cleanest’ diesel emissions in the UK 
  • Port of Tyne 
  • Identified as one of the most progressive UK ports in their quest for development and strategic enhancement of their port, the Port of Tyne was awarded the accolade of European Port of the Year 2007 by the Institute of Transport Management in April. In 2006, the port handled some 3.1 million tonnes of general cargo, 650,000 passengers, 530,000 trade vehicles and 20,500 containers. 
  • Drax Power Limited 
  • Drax Power Limited is the owner of Drax Power Station, the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal fired power station in the UK. The output capacity from the station’s six generators is 4,000MW. At current output levels it supplies some 7% of the UK’s electricity needs.

Woodhouse Communications issued this release on behalf of First GBRf.

For more information contact Paul Lawson of Woodhouse on 01444 473588 or email

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