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National Express East Anglia (NXEA) has marked the 125th anniversary of the Evening Star newspaper in Ipswich by naming a Class 90 electric locomotive, ‘The Evening Star’ in a ceremony held at Ipswich station on Friday 23 July.
The locomotive is part of the fleet of trains that operates National Express intercity services on the mainline route between Norwich, Ipswich and London Liverpool Street, and was officially named ‘The Evening Star’ by The Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Chambers and Nigel Pickover, Editor of The Evening Star.
The naming recognises the significant contribution that the Evening Star newspaper has made to the daily lives of people in Ipswich and throughout the Suffolk-wide community over the past 125 years, and 50 years on from British Railways naming the last-ever mainline steam locomotive to be built - ‘Evening Star’ in 1960.
And to add to the sense of occasion, a limited edition platform ticket for guests attending the naming ceremony was specially produced by the Evening Star.
Nigel Pickover, Evening Star editor said: “There is a great tradition of British locomotives having iconic names and now another great name is being added to the list in our Evening Star. We are delighted that National Express has allowed us to be associated with one of their locomotives in this way. It will be a daily reminder to thousands of rail passengers that use the railway that The Evening Star is an integral part of the Suffolk scene.”
Andrew Goodrum, Customer Service Director NXEA said: “Through the positive enthusiasm of its Editor, Nigel Pickover and his staff, the railway community in East Anglia has worked in partnership with the Evening Star to promote and champion our rail links in the region over many years, and in naming this locomotive ‘The Evening Star’ we are pleased to recognise the important role the newspaper plays in serving the communities of Ipswich and Suffolk and to say ‘Happy Birthday’ in its 125th year.”