Virgin Trains have announced that The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has been honoured with the naming of one of their Class 91 locomotives to mark its fifty year anniversary.
The unveiling took place on Tuesday 27th March 2018 at London Kings Cross. Representatives from the First and Fifth Fusiliers provided a Guard of Honour along with Colonel of the Regiment of the Regiment.
Class 91 No. 91118 was the locomotive to be named.
General Paul Nanson named the train along with David Horne, who is Virgin Trains MD for the East Coast.
The newly named high-speed train will be operational on the East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland.
What did the officials say?
Colonel James Denny, Regimental Secretary for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers said:
“We are delighted to have a train named after the Regiment in this, our 50th anniversary year. It demonstrates our longstanding relationship with Virgin Trains, using both the east and west coast routes as we always use both Virgin East and West coast lines to travel between our Regimental Headquarters in London, the North East and the North West. A huge thank you to all the team at Virgin Trains for their continued support for the Regiment and we all look forward to seeing our ‘personal’ train in service.”
David Horne, Virgin Trains MD for the East Coast said:
“It is an honour to be able to name one of our trains to mark the 50th anniversary of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers.
“It will be seen the length and breadth of the east coast route, from London to Edinburgh, Yorkshire to North East and the Home Counties, and is a fitting tribute to all those who have served their country with such dedication.