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Reaching the places other trains cannot

[ August 12, 2021   //   ]

GB Railfreight (GBRf) is using the power of its brand to raise awareness of something most men would rather not think about.

It unveiled a Class 66 locomotive – named League Managers Association in honour of Prostate Cancer UK’s corporate partner – on 12 August at Victoria Station in London, painted in a unique livery featuring Prostate Cancer UK’s ‘ Man of Men’ logo- to highlight the campaign against one of the most common cancers in men.

After the naming ceremony, guests boarded a specially chartered service hauled by the newly named locomotive for a trip around the Kent countryside.

And, continuing the theme of going to places most of us would rather not, in September GBRf will also operate a four-day rail tour aimed at train enthusiasts covering dozens of obscure sidings and branch lines in support of the charity. Previous similar events have raised over a quarter of a million pounds.

Chief executive of Prostate Cancer UK, Angela Culhane, said: “This is an excellent initiative, which not only raises funds for vital research into better tests and treatments, it will also spark conversations about prostate cancer – a disease affecting one in eight men in the UK, and one in four black men. We are very pleased to be working with two of our fantastic partners on this life saving journey and thank them for their ongoing support.”