Keith Heller's contribution to the railway honoured with locomotive naming
Tuesday 19 January 2010
Keith Heller's (Co-Chairman of DB Schenker Rail) contribution to railway internationally over the last 40 years has been honoured with the highest award the rail industry has; the naming of a locomotive.
The surprise naming ceremony took place during DB Schenker's annual employee awards ceremony at the National Rail Museum in York, on Friday 15 January 2010.
Gerry Skelton, Human Resources Director for DB Schenker, who conducted the naming ceremony, said: "After over 40 years of exceptional service to the railway in Britain, mainland Europe and North America, Mr Keith Heller, Co-Chairman of DB Schenker Rail, will retire in early 2010. In Britain, Keith restructured the former EWS rail freight company, now DB Schenker, into an innovative, low cost and customer responsive operator. He also had the vision to create a European rail freight network for his customers by launching rail freight companies in France and Spain. He is a respected international railwayman who has made a last contributing to DB Schenker Rail and the railway in general. We wish him and his family well for the future and thank Keith for his personal contribution to DB Schenker."
The locomotive has been personalised with a large maple leaf to recognise Keith's Canadian nationality, while it has also been painted in the colours of Canadian National, the railway company where he began his railway career.
An announcement on the successor to Mr Heller will be made soon.
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