Naming Ceremony

Naming Ceremony



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Toton Depot
23rd February 2001

EWS class 60 locomotive 60001 was named The Railway Observer at Toton TMD on 23rd February 2001, seven years to the day since The Railway Observer nameplates were unveiled on 37890 at Hither Green depot. The RCTS President and Chairman, together with 36 members, gathered for the ceremony. 18 branches were represented as well as the Management Committee and other Society Officers.

A full description of the naming ceremony is given in The Railway Observer (RO) April 2001, pages 188 and 189; the latter page also has a photograph of 60001 with its original livery and nameplates while it was undergoing trials prior to acceptance into service. A photograph of the group attending the naming ceremony is included in RO March 2001 on page 107.

As in the case of 37890, 60001 has a secondary plate, which this time is fitted above the main nameplate; both plates were fitted at the same time. The secondary plate is inscribed

The Journal of the Railway
Correspondence and Travel Society
RCTS
www.rcts.org.uk

The text on this plate is all in upper case, using a smaller font except for RCTS which is in larger font, except for the final line which gives the society's website address in lower case. 60001 is unique among EWS locomotives in having a website address on a nameplate and is also the only class 60 to have nameplates with pale blue background.

  
  60001 at Toton TMD after being named The Railway Observer on 23rd February 2001. Brian Morrison
  
  60001 at Toton TMD after being named The Railway Observer on 23rd February 2001. Brian Morrison
  
  60001 The Railway Observer and naming party at the ceremony held at Toton on 23rd February 2001. Brian Morrison
  
  The Railway Observer nameplates carried by 60001. Brian Morrison

Last updated: 10th March 2019