TOT Tiernan's Top Train Title
02 September 2002
THREE-year-old Tiernan Cassar became one of the youngest people ever to unveil a locomotive on Friday August 30 thanks to GB Railfreight (GBRf).
Tiernan, nephew of Peterborough-based GBRf Train Manager Glen Palmer, revealed the new name of the company’s 66702 - Blue Lightning - at the National Rail Museum, York.
The unveiling was the first prize in a GBRf children’s competition to choose a name for one of the company’s engines and celebrated the first anniversary of GBRf’s partnership with Railtrack in the haulage of infrastructure services.
Tiernan came up with Blue Lightning because, he said, the loco was “long, blue and moves fast.”
Runners up in the competition were Load Star from Matthew Poole (10) - dad Steve works for Railtrack at York - and Freight Champions from nine-year old Daniel Craft, son of Paul Craft, GBRf Train Manager at Peterborough.
GBRf held a family fun day at the Museum for their staff, families and friends as well as those from Railtrack’s National Logistics Unit at York.
A special three-car Class 170 Hull Trains service took families from Kings Cross on the morning of the event.
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