On Wednesday 24 May, at a ceremony at London Waterloo station, GB Railfreight renamed a Class 66 (66718) from Sir Peter Hendy CBE to Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, of Imber in the County of Wiltshire. The renaming was to mark Lord Hendy’s recent appointment to the House of Lords, which was announced late last year.
Lord Hendy has long been a leading figure in the transport sector. He is the current Chair of Network Rail, having previously served as Commissioner for Transport for London, and has held many other senior roles across the industry.
John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight, made a presentation to Lord Hendy before the train headed out to Richmond, where they stopped for a photo opportunity.
John Smith, CEO of GB Railfreight said
“Almost 10 years ago to the day, we unveiled the Sir Peter Hendy at Victoria Station and today at Waterloo Station I am proud to rename this loco the Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, of Imber in the County of Wiltshire. This is to celebrate Lord Hendy’s appointment to the House of Lords, which he thoroughly deserves for a lifetime of dedication to the transport industry.”
Peter, Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill, of Imber in the County of Wiltshire said;
“While it is my name on the locomotive, the truth is that you never get anywhere in life without the brilliant people who work for you. The railway is a wonderful place to work, in which people put in enormous effort every day. This honour is not solely down to me, it happened because of the thousands and thousands of people who give so much every day.”
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