What’s in a name-DB Cargo UK at it again
DB Cargo UK has a track record of deviating away from their standard bright red livery at almost every opportunity. It may be no surprise then that the fashion-conscious carrier has hit the headlines again with the unveiling of yet another new-look locomotive. This time it’s a regal celebration, out-shopping class 66 workhorse locomotive 66023, in honour of the coronation of the United Kingdom’s new monarch, King Charles III.
The official unveiling of the coronation cypher liveried locomotive was carried out by Depot Manager Matt Manson in the presence of over 800 employees and invited guests. The unique livery is based on a Royal blue exterior adorned with the Union Jack flag and the official coronation logo. The logo itself showcases the national flowers of the four nations of the United Kingdom—a rose for England, a thistle for Scotland, a daffodil for Wales, and a shamrock for Northern Ireland. The transformation was executed at the on-site paintshop of Toton TMD.
Fundraising for good causes
Putting a royal touch on one DB Cargo UK’s locomotives is appropriate enough. The company has a rich history intertwined with the UK Royal Family. Currently, they hold the prestigious Royal Charter for the maintenance and operation of the Royal Train. Chief Executive Officer Andrea Rossi expressed that it was only fitting to pay homage to His Majesty the King’s coronation with this tribute. “It is a striking addition to our fleet of liveried locomotives”, Rossi said. “I am confident it will bring joy to the rail enthusiast community.” The new King has been a life-long advocate of enviromental issues, and some may say that DB Cargo has already shown loyalty to Charles III with their earlier naming of Climate Hero.
DB Cargo UK’s fleet of locomotives includes several notable named examples, each bearing its own unique design. They make quite a habit of the practice. It’s only just over two weeks since the company emphasised its support for Martin House Children’s Hospice, a English charity in Lincolnshire, with another naming ceremony, that time at York railway station. DB Cargo UK and the infrastructure agency Network Rail recently donated 200,000 pounds (235,000 euro) to the hospice, which was the culmination of four years of fund-raising by the rail industry. The naming ceremonies could continue for a while yet. DB Cargo UK has plenty paint left in the shop, and operates nearly 250 of the class 66 locomotives