14 October

For the Fallen – East Coast commemorate the Great War centenary

The whole of the rail industry is marking the centenary of the start of the First World War and for East Coast’s individual tribute they have linked with five regiments whose origins are on the East Coast Main Line.

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Paul was briefed by East Coast to come up with a concept and design to name and wrap a Class 91 loco which would link with the five chosen regiments; the Honourable Artillery Company, The Royal Regiment of Scotland, the Yorkshire Regiment, the Royal Dragoon Guards and 204 Battery Royal Artillery who carry the honorary name, Tyneside Scottish.

Assisted by Caroline, they visited all five regiments and carried out meticulous research to find the images and stories which were used in the design. Loco 91111 was specially chosen by Paul for two reasons, one its number and its association with the Armistice, and secondly as this was the vehicle which celebrated war artist Terence Cuneo, painted his trademark mouse on.

The unique design Paul created gives a pictorial story of the war, from declaration through to remembrance and the poppy fields of Flanders. The cast name plate designed by Paul carries the insignia for each regiment. In addition, incorporated along the body side are some of the incredible facts about the war and those who served at the front and at home.

East Coast were so pleased that they commissioned us to produce a booklet giving a more detailed insight into the stories behind the images used, the regiments and the role they played in 1914 and today and other stories and facts uncovered during the research. You can read the booklet online at http://issuu.com/paulrgentleman/docs/ftf_bookletinteractive

On the centenary anniversary of Tyneside Scottish, loco 91111 entered service and was dedicated at a ceremony at Newcastle station. This will be followed by ceremonies at Leeds, London King’s Cross, Edinburgh and York over the coming weeks and months.

For more information on the naming visit the East Coast Media Centre at http://www.mediacentre.eastcoast.co.uk/News/EAST-COAST-UNVEILS-MOVING-TRIBUTE-FOR-THE-FALLEN-48d.aspx

1 October

100 Years of train servicing at Craigentinny

This year saw the centenary of the Craigentinny train servicing depot based in the outskirts of Edinburgh. Very much the home of East Coast’s HST fleet, the depot also carries out work on the IC225 fleet and maintenance for various other train companies including Cross Country.

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Paul was commissioned by East Coast to design a commemorative insignia for loco 43300, already named Craigentinny, to help celebrate this milestone. The unveiling of a new commemorative crest plate was carried out by Andy Cope, non-executive director at Directly Operated Railways, along with the two longest serving employees at the depot.

For more information on the naming visit the East Coast Media Centre at http://www.mediacentre.eastcoast.co.uk/News/EDINBURGH-TRAIN-DEPOT-TEAM-CELEBRATES-100-YEARS-OF-SERVICE-TO-BRITAIN-S-RAILWAYS-485.aspx

30 September 2014

30 years of the Highland Chieftain

We helped East Coast celebrate 30 years of the famous Highland Chieftain service with the naming of a Class 43 loco in the heart of the picturesque highlands. First operated by British Rail’s Intercity in 1984 the service has provides a vital link between the highlands and the capital cities of Edinburgh and London.

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After researching the name and history, Paul designed a special nameplate in the style of the original Highland Chieftain loco, a Thomson A2 steam engine named in 1947. Using the iconic Gill Sans typeface and stag, the plate was produced by Newton Replicas of Nottingham and mounted on the loco at Craigentinny Depot. Three hundred commemorative badges to the same design were produced and given to stakeholders, customers and staff.

For more information on the naming visit the East Coast Media Centre at http://www.mediacentre.eastcoast.co.uk/News/EAST-COAST-SALUTES-30-YEARS-OF-THE-HIGHLAND-CHIEFTAIN-483.aspx