Major John Poyntz’ life has been celebrated at a rail industry exhibit, Rail Live, at Long Marston, Gloucestershire. On the 16th June, GB Raifreights Class 66 66764 has been named after the former inspector who died at the age of 82 last year.
Major Poyntz was the last Royal Engineer Officer to be appointed as an HM Railway Inspector following 35 years of service with the Royal Engineers and Royal Corps of Transport.
He moved to join the Railway Inspectorate, which he viewed as an honour and privilege and spending 25 years in his role.
Major Poyntz’ work included inspecting heritage railways as well as dealing with incidents such as the Severn Tunnel Rail Accident in 1991 and the Cannon Street Rail Crash in 1991.
Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways at ORR, said: “His enthusiasm for anything on the railways was unparalleled and he would often be seen with a notebook in hand, while looking from a train window.
“It was a privilege to have got to know him and he remains greatly missed. I am pleased to donate this nameplate on behalf of ORR and thank GB Railfreight for offering its locomotive to place this commemorative plaque, and have his name etched in the railways.”
GBRf Managing Director John Smith said: “Major John Poyntz had a very special connection to the railway throughout his established and celebrated career.
“Working with ORR, we’re proud to see his legacy continue by naming a Class 66 locomotive in his honour. After today, the loco carrying his name will be supporting the movement of crucial rail freight across the network.
“A fitting tribute to Major John who dedicated so much of his time for country and the railways.”
What a fantastic mark of respect for Major Poyntz and no doubt many of us will look forward to catching a glimpse of the Class 66 in action on the mainline.
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