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World War 2 Midget Submarine Honoured In Special East Midlands Trains Naming

• Lincolnshire train named after locally built X-Craft Midget submarine
• ‘X24 Expeditious’ officially named

A host of serving and retired submariners joined East Midlands Trains today
(10 April) to honour the country’s last remaining World War 2 Midget
Submarine in a special naming ceremony at Lincoln station.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Powell, Chairman of the Lincoln Branch
Submariners Association, helped Tim Sayer, Engineering Director for East
Midlands Trains, to name a train ‘X24 Expeditious’.  Built by Marshall &
Sons in Gainsborough in 1943, the only remaining X-Craft midget submarine
(X24 Expeditious), conducted two successful operations on 10 April 1944 and
on 11 September 1944 and the naming of this train marks the 70th
anniversary of the first successful operation at Laksvaag, Norway.

Tim Sayer, Engineering Director for East Midlands Trains, said: “We are
really pleased to have named the first of our Lincolnshire trains after
such a great machine which played a crucial role in World War 2.  It’s
extremely important to remember the brave sailors who served in these
X-Crafts, but also to recognise the hard work and skill of the locally
based engineering team in Gainsborough who built X24 Expeditious back in

One of the team of engineers who built X24 Expeditious was the father of
David Norton, an East Midlands Trains' Senior Conductor from Lincoln, who
was instrumental in masterminding the naming event.

Tim continued: “This is a very fitting tribute and we hope the people of
Lincolnshire enjoy travelling on the newly-named X24 Expeditious train
which is all thanks to the inspiration and enthusiasm of our East Midlands
Trains' colleague, David Norton”.

Lieutenant Commander Frank Powell, Chairman of the Lincoln Branch
Submariners Association, added: “We would never have imagined that from
writing an article in the Lincolnshire Echo two years ago advertising for
relatives of the engineers that built the X-Craft Submarines at Marshall’s
& Sons in Gainsborough to come forward, we would get to witness this
historic event.

“Today’s event has come about by one man’s enthusiasm and initiative, to
see X24 Expeditious, the submarine that his father helped to build. That
person is David Norton, an employee of East Midlands Trains, and we have
him to thank for today.

“We are extremely grateful to East Midlands Trains for the naming of a
train X24 Expeditious. The naming of this train will not only provide a
fitting reminder for future generations, but also recognition for Marshall
& Sons in Gainsborough, who built her and the brave men that manned her.”

Serving submariners and sailors from RAF Waddington also attended the event
to honour X-24 Expeditious.

Chief Petty Officer David Bathgate from RAF Waddington commented: “It is an
honour to represent the Royal Navy at the naming ceremony of train X24
Expeditious. X24 is the only remaining X-Craft midget submarine which
served during the Second World War and she is displayed with great pride at
the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport.

“It is humbling to have been invited to this naming ceremony representing
not only today’s Royal Navy submariners, but honouring the memory of the
incredibly brave men who put to sea in these small craft.”