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Long serving East Midlands Trains Engineering Team Leader, Derek Towle, officially named one of the company’s Class 158 trains ‘Eastcroft Depot’ on Wednesday 28 October.
Derek, from Trowell in Nottingham, started on the railway in November 1959 and has now completed almost 56 years of service! He joined the railway 1959, and his son (Ashley) now also works alongside Derek as a Technician.
In recognition of his valuable years of service to the railway, Derek was been asked to name one of East Midlands Trains fleet of 25 Class 158 trains after Eastcroft Depot.
Eastcroft Depot is one of three depots on the East Midlands Trains network. This Nottingham depot is home of the 25 Class 158 trains, and 17 Class 153s, and carries out work on the fleet 15 Class 156 trains which are used to run services on the Liverpool to Norwich route and on local East Midlands Trains routes. Almost 100 staff are based at Eastcroft Depot, and they undertake a range of work including general maintenance, fleet improvement modifications, cleaning and service checks and heavy cleaning.
Simon Roberts, Depot Manager for Eastcroft Maintenance Depot, said: “We are very proud of our Class 158 trains, and we believe it will be a fitting tribute to the hard work of the Eastcroft team to have a train bearing the depot’s name travelling around our route.
“As the longest serving member of our team with an amazing 56 years of service, we are honoured that Derek helped us to carry out the official naming. It was great to have his family joining us for the day and I’m sure that he will remember it for many years to come.”