UK carers and key workers celebrated with loco logo

DB Cargo UK adds a splash of colour in recognition of key workers around the UK, with a specially liveried ’66. Drawing a groan of grudging approval from all concerned, DB Cargo UK say they are doing their bit to keep key workers “loco-motivated”.

Showing more talent for innovation in goods movement around the country than they do for innovation in moving the English language, the operator rolled out a newly-liveried Class 66 locomotive (66113) which will be straight out and on to front line duty around the UK rail network.

The locomotive re-livery celebrate the tenth and final week of “Clap for Our Carers” – the national round of applause that has been observed every Thursday in recognition of the efforts of key workers during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Shed loads of appreciation

Rolled out at the Toton depot in Nottinghamshire, DB Cargo UK says they expect the loco to be a big draw for UK rail enthusiasts, and they plan to deploy it as widely as possible. The operator was keen to stress that everyone should however still observe guidelines on social distancing and essential travel.

The design features a range of key workers – from nurses to teachers – and bears the message “Delivering for our key workers”.

Encore for the hard corps

Roger Neary of DB Cargo UK felt is was a fitting tribute from the company. “While we understand the decision to end the weekly Clap for Our Carers, we believe there is still a need to support all those key workers whose efforts continue to keep the country running during one of its most difficult periods”.

Like other freight operators across the country, and the world, the team at DB Cargo UK have themselves been designated key workers, and have been collaborating to make sure that essential supplies moved around the UK. “I was proud when the government designated rail freight employees as key workers”, said Neary. “We have played a vital role in ensuring supermarket shelves have been kept stocked and things like fuel have continued to be readily available throughout the crisis. The hard work goes on and we believe we should continue to support our key workers.”

Author: Simon Walton

Simon Walton is RailFreight's UK correspondent.

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