The five GBRf
Class 66/5s dedicated to Metronet track renewal trains, Nos. 66718
to 66722, were dedicated in a mass naming event held at
platform 18 of London Euston station on 26 January 2007.
It had been the wish ever since the locos were delivered in their
new joint GBRf/Metronet livery to apply suitable names, these were
eventually chosen by competition held within Metronet, GBRf and Rail
The guest of honour at the event was Gwyneth Dunwoody, MP and Chairperson
of the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee and Peter OToole,
Managing Director of London Underground.
The fleet of Class 66/5s are part of a new engineering train fleet
supplied by GBRf under a 10-year, £80million contract to Metronet.
The rolling stock will double the amount of new track that can be
potentially laid in any one weekend and triple the number of worksites
on one-third of the Underground network.
The locos were named in numerical order, the first being 66718 named
Gwyneth Dunwoody unveiled by the lady herself, to much applause
by the invited guests. The second to be unveiled was 66719 Metro-Land,
unveiled by Tim OToole Managing Director of London Underground,
this name was chosen as Metronet's salute to the 2006 centenary of
the birth of poet Sir John Betjeman. The name was coined in 1915 to
promote the Metropolitan Railway, the very area in which the GBRF/Metronet
66s will operate.
Metronet held a competition to find a name for 66720, a 27 year-old
Sam Ellis a Project Engineer, who entered Metronet through its graduate
scheme. Sam Ellis came up with the name Metronet Pathfinder,
which he selected as pathfinder means one that discovers
a new course or way (as in new track). A name which has been
missing from a train for many years Harry Beck, the man who
invented the London Underground map, based broadly on an electrical
schematic, was unveiled on No. 66721 by John Smith Managing Director
The final loco to be named, No. 66722 had its name selected by a competition
run by Rail Magazine. The competition was well entered and the winning
name was Sir Edward Watkin, selected by reader David Jukes.
Sir Edward Watkin was the pioneering chairman of the Metropolitan
Railway who oversaw the extension of the Metropolitan Railway from
Swiss Cottage to Harrow and then persuaded the Metropolitan Board
to build the Harrow and Aylesbury line on which the Metronet Class
66/7 fleet operates today.
All five locos were prepared for naming by Alstom, Willesden and operated
as a block from Wembley yard to Euston for the event.