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Special train livery marks Tyne & Wear Metro’s 40th birthday

The 40th anniversary of the Tyne and Wear Metro is being celebrated with a special train livery to mark the occasion.

Metrocar 4001, one of the original prototypes in use since Metro opened to the public in 1980, will bear the unique external livery throughout the summer, ahead of Metro’s 40th birthday on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

The unique design, which was devised by Nexus in-house graphic artists Pamela Lockey and applied by a team at Metro’s South Gosforth depot, features new versions of each of Metro’s distinctive liveries since the system opened 40 years ago – the original Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive of white and yellow; bold blocks of red and blue introduced in the 1990s, and the current black and grey colour scheme.

The carriage will be decked out with travelling exhibitions changing throughout the year, and celebrating Metro’s heritage, its place in the community, and the future arrival of new trains.

Metro operations director, Chris Carson, said: “This new heritage livery captures our iconic colour schemes from down the years as we countdown to Metro’s 40th anniversary in August.

“Metro is at the heart of the communities that it serves, and it has been part of everyday life in our region for four decades, so this is a great way of celebrating its proud heritage and sharing that with our customers.

“The design fuses together that iconic yellow and white PTE livery we started with in the 1980s along with the equally as memorable red and blue design that was brought in during the mid-1990s when the trains were first refurbished.

“They are all distinctive liveries and will doubtless bring back many memories for people who have travelled on the Tyne and Wear Metro over the years, and many who still do so. It’s great nostalgia.

“We were determined to have this heritage train in service because some of the other events that we had planned to mark the 40th year of Metro have had to be postponed due to the pandemic.”

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

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Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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