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X-24 Expeditious train unveiled at Lincoln station

By RCousins_LE  |  Posted: April 10, 2014

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A special naming event of one of East Midland’s Trains’ took place at Lincoln station today.

Representatives from East Midlands Trains, the Lincoln Submariners Association and naval personnel from RAF Waddington gathered to mark the 70th anniversary of the UK’s last remaining World War 2 Midget Submarine today.

A special naming event of one of East Midlands Trains’ Class 153 trains, used to operate services through Lincolnshire, took place to honour HM Midget Submarine, X-24 Expeditious, built by Marshall and Sons in Gainsborough in 1943.

X-24 Expeditious conducted two successful operations on April 10, 1944 and on September 11, 1944.

David Norton, a senior conductor on East Midlands Trains thought up the idea of naming the train as a tribute to all the men who worked on the submarine and the submariners.

His father John Norton worked at Marshalls and Sons as a pattern maker.

Mr Norton received a plaque with the name of the train as a memento, he told the Echo: “I’m going to save the plaque for my grandchildren. I think it is wonderful that those who worked on the submarines have finally had some recognition for the work that they did.”

The train is now on use and pulled away from the station at 11.54 am with passengers aboard.

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