GBRf Names 66754 After Northampton Saints Rugby Club

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  1. fgwrich

    fgwrich Established Member

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    One for Hadders and a few of the other Rugby supporters on here, GBRf has 'broken' with the tradition of naming loco's after football clubs and today named Class 66754 after Aviva Premiership Winning* club Northampton Saints.

    No article but a few pictures here from Northampton Saints:
    https://www.facebook.com/OfficialNorthamptonSaints/posts/932816460104366

    Is Northampton now the first town to have two of it's sports teams on two different locos? The previous 'Northampton Loco' being NSE 86401.


    *That's a little gutting for a Chiefs Fan to say, maybe this year though! :lol:
     
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    Excellent work by GBRF and Northampton Saints and a nice link between my two of my passions in life :D

    Link to the story on the Saints website:

    http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/...e-carried-far-and-wide-by-GB-Railfreight.aspx

     
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    it is wrong. Engines shouldn't be associated with egg chucking. ;)
     
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    I'm sure at least some of the current football 66s are names that were also carried by (L)NER B-17s.
     
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    They were ("Sunderland", "Sheffield Wednesday" and "Huddersfield Town"), but that would still only count as one sports team for a town if the name has been resurrected, not the two that was asked. Manchester had B17s named after both the City and United football clubs, for instance.
     
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    And Darlington had one named by the chaps at the works who were unhappy that their team was omitted. The story goes that the work was so good the company allowed it to become official.

    Why GBRF have overlooked us in their naming system i will never know. To do one for egg chasers is sacrilegious ;)
     
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    Egg chasers!!! We're the current Premiership Champions I'll have you know ;)
     
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    enjoy it whilst you borrow it - it'll be soon back where it belongs, Welford Road..:lol:
     
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    actually, despite relating to 15 man amateur egg chasing, not 13 man professional northern egg chasing ;) the name plates look to be of a really good quality with the club crest shown on a nice green background
     
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    Quite right, silly me. :oops:

    I take it there was never a "Sheffield United" B17 then?
     
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    Cough Cough. We've got the perfect space in our West Country trophy cabinet sorted now that our LV cup has departed to Saracens. But can you ask Geoff to bring the cup with him please ;)
     
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    I'm pretty certain that GBRf have named one of their locos Derby County. Perhaps it could be used to deliver Steve McClaren to Newcastle in the back cab as light engine?
     
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    Good point, looking back at the list, there actually was. So cities both sides of the Pennines with two B17s named after their football teams.
     
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    And there were B17s named Liverpool and Everton
     
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    Just for the sake of completeness we've had in the past (on B17s):

    Arsenal, Sheffield United, Grimsby Town, Derby County, Darlington, Huddersfield Town, Sunderland, Middlesbrough, Leeds United, Doncaster Rovers, Newcastle United, Norwich City, Hull City, Sheffield Wednesday, Manchester United, Everton, Liverpool, Leicester City, Nottingham Forest, Bradford, Bradford City, Barnsley, Manchester City (on two locos!), Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United

    Wolverhampton Wanderers also appeared for the first time on a loco (66736) and the first rugby team with a named loco (66754 - Northampton Saints)

    Might see a few more 66s with football related names but doubt we'll see Newcastle United on the side of anything whilst Mr Smith's in charge (one of those Mackem types...) ;)
     
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    GBRf have named 66741 Swanage Railway.
     
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    Would I be right in assuming that the 'Bradford' loco was named for Park Avenue rather than City? In which case there's another city with two teams having locomotives named in their honour...
     
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