GB Railfreight’s Class 66 locomotive – 66764 – will take the name of the former inspector, who died in November 2020 aged 82.
His life was celebrated at industry event, Rail Live, today (16 June) where the unveiling was announced in front of a socially distanced crowd.
Major John Poyntz was in the army for 35 years, serving with the Royal Engineers and later the Royal Corps of Transport.
After military service, he joined the Railway Inspectorate – now part of the Office of Rail and Road – a move he viewed as an honour and privilege.
He was the last Royal Engineer to take such route, spending 25 years in the role as a Railway Inspector. His work included inspections of heritage railways and dealing with accidents and incidents such as the Severn tunnel rail accident and the Cannon Street rail crash both in 1991.
Ian Prosser, HM Chief Inspector of Railways at ORR, said:
GBRf Managing Director John Smith said: