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DB keeps the country’s key workers “loco-motivated!”

We're proud to reveal our locomotive 66113 in our new livery as we continue to support and recognise the hard work of our key workers in the fight against COVID-19.

With an official end being called to the weekly “Clap for Our Carers”, the UK’s largest rail freight operator has stepped in to keep the morale of key workers going during the continuing coronavirus pandemic.

Doncaster-based DB Cargo UK has today (Thursday, June 4th) taken the wraps off a newly-liveried Class 66 locomotive which will be out and about on the UK rail network over the coming months reminding people of the important role played by designated key workers.

The 126-tonne machine is expected to be a big draw for the UK’s enormous army of rail enthusiasts who scour the network looking for unusual locomotives.

The design features a vast range of key workers – from nurses to teachers - and bears the message “Delivering for our key workers”.

DB Cargo UK’s Head of Sales Roger Neary said: “While we understand the decision to end the weekly Clap for Our Carers, we believe there is still a need to support all those key workers whose efforts continue to keep the country running during one of its most difficult periods.

“I was proud when the Government designated rail freight employees as key workers as we have played a vital role in ensuring supermarket shelves have been kept stocked and things like fuel have continued to be readily available throughout the crisis.

“The hard work goes on and we believe we should continue to support our key workers until the Government declares the pandemic over,” he added.

DB Cargo UK employs more than 2200 staff and has sites and depots across, England, Scotland and Wales.

It operates hundreds of trains every week carrying everything from biomass to barbecues and fuel to food; offering a sustainable freight solution to the alleviate the UK’s congested road network