35th anniversary of a locomotive naming in Southampton
Chair of the SCARA committee, David Cross, has kindly provided this article about a significant milestone in the operation of the Southampton container terminal and P&O Containers' partnership with Freightliner from 35 years ago, back in 1988...
Locomotive 37358 named “P&O Containers” at Southampton on 13 April 1988
Model of diesel-electric locomotive 37358, P&O Containers as presented on the day.
(It is a coincidence, but the next SCARA get-together is taking place in Southampton exactly 35 years to the day after this event in 1988!)
Invitation letter issued to guests
Menu and wine list for the lunch on 13 April 1988
These days governments, customers and the public are all clamouring for reduced carbon in the modern supply chains, improving our environment and here we were 35 years ago getting on with it without fuss. Those foundations were built well and it is no surprise to many of us that Maersk Line (who later bought P&O Nedlloyd as it had then become) remains the largest customer of Freightliner moving over 400 containers per day on a large number of Freightliner services throughout the UK.
The name Freightliner remains the same today however they too have had a number of owners and are now owned by a large American Railroad company called Genesee and Wyoming . The biggest difference being that their green livery is being replaced by a bright orange USA colour scheme!
Our locomotive ,”P&O Containers” was turned out in British Rail blue livery, 1988 being pre-privatisation , and the late Kerry St Johnston was still Kerry in his pre-Knighthood days!
Magazine report on the event