GBRf name Class 66 locomotive after 60 years of service

GB Railfreight name locomotive after employee
Credit: GBRf

GB Railfreight has announced that they have named one of their locomotives after one of their long-running members of staff, Chris Hopcroft MBE.

Managing Director John Smith named a new Class 66 loco after Chris at a ceremony which took place at Bristol Temple Meads station.

Chris was accompanied by his wife and two children and was met by friends and colleagues.

Chris has spent the last 60 years on the railways, providing work and dedication to all his roles, the most recent as a train manager for GBRf.

What did the officials say?

GBRf Managing Director John Smith said:

It was my pleasure to name this Class 66 loco after Chris. Having started off at the bottom of the ladder and worked his way up, Chris has boundless experience, and knows the sector better than anyone.

“As a 42-year railway person, I am a mere beginner when compared to the iconic Chris Hopcroft who has clocked an amazing 60 years. I’m not sure in the modern world that this will ever be bettered. Not only has Chris contributed to our industry over a huge period of time, he has been the consummate professional throughout and has the wonderful habit of reverting to happy when things are going slightly awry.

“He has a reputation in the industry for being a highly reliable and skilled colleague who makes time to pass on his expertise and support modernisation in all aspects of the railway. We are proud to name this loco after him.”

Chris Hopcroft said:

“This has come as a complete surprise! Words cannot describe how much this means to me. Trains are not just a job for me – they’re my life and passion.

“I love being part of the GBRf family and I am delighted so many of my colleagues were able to attend this special day. I am over the moon and cannot thank John enough for this.”

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