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All Aboard! Train Named ‘The Fusiliers’ Honours Regiment's 50th Anniversary

Morning commuters were greeted with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who played during the service on platform one.

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers has been honoured with the naming of a Virgin Trains Class 91 locomotive to mark its 50th anniversary.

‘The Fusiliers’ train was unveiled at London Kings Cross station and a special naming ceremony held in honour of the regiment. 

Morning commuters were greeted with the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, who played during the service on platform one.

Major General Paul Nanson CBE officially named the train, saying: 

"As birthday presents go, I can think of no finer.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Train
Picture: Soldiers from the Fusiliers stand on Kings Cross platform one as the train arrives (Image: MoD)

"It's also a year when we mark as a nation 100 years since the end of the Great War.

"This serves as a reminder of the close links between the railway industry and the armed forces.

!Indeed a staggering 20,000 railway workers were killed during the fighting." 

The newly named high-speed train will operate on the East Coast Main Line between London, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland.

Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Train Major General Paul Nanson MOD
Colonel of the Regiment, Major General Paul Nanson CBE and David Horne, Virgin Trains’ managing director for the east coast route (Image: MoD)

The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, an English infantry Regiment in the British Army, formed from four historic Fusilier Regiments in 1968. 

Since then, the Fusiliers have seen service across the world in Northern Ireland, Cyprus, the Balkans, the 1st and 2nd Gulf Wars and in Afghanistan.

Its Head Quarters is at the heart of the Tower of London and the Regiment has two battalions First Fusiliers in Tidworth and Fifth Fusiliers in Newcastle.