Service delayed but land train named after Geoff

PUBLISHED: 09:41 22 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:41 22 May 2014

Geoff Ingram.

Geoff Ingram.

Archant

Exmouth’s new land train will be named after Geoff Ingram, following a public vote.

However, the first service of the new land train, originally scheduled for this Sunday, will now not take place until June 18.

The land train is being built from scratch on the continent - but German engineers have decided to add a few additions to improve the safety and comfort of passengers.

Dozens of names were suggested and a shortlist of four was drawn up.

More than 200 people voted on the final four, with half the votes going for Geoff.

Geoff’s wife Sarah Ingram said: “I think the votes speak for themselves.

“There were also votes for Brian Rowsell, and Geoff would not have minded if the engine had been named after him one bit, because he was brilliant and taught Geoff everything he knew about seamanship.

“For many years Geoff travelled up and down the seafront every day, albeit by boat.

“And with a land train named after him it will be nice for people to say ‘oh look, there goes Geoff going up and down the seafront again!’.”

Helen Newton of Exmouth Land Train said: “We have had a fantastic response - more than 200 people have responded.

“The public have chosen local Exmouth hero, Geoff Ingram as the name that will be on the locomotive engine.

“But because there was so much interest in the voting, the runner-up names of Bill Sleeman, Garth Gibson and Brian Rowsell will be placed on to the carriages.”

Each carriage will have information on each of Exmouth’s famous personalities.

Ian Stuart of Stuart Lines Cruises, operators of the land train, said: “The carriages are a brand new design and ours are the first off the line.

“It has been decided that an aspect can be improved for the comfort and safety of passengers and therefore the factory will not release the train until it has been done.

“We are all obviously very disappointed that it can not be here as planned but it is still coming and will now start on June 18.”

The first service will now depart at 9am on June 18 – and the train’s first conductor will be the town crier Roger Bourgein.

He said: “It is the very best way of meeting a huge amount of people who will visit Exmouth.

“This summer should be a really special summer for Exmouth.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other News Stories

Otterton Primary School has been praised by Osted for preparing children well for their ‘future lives in modern Britain’.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:51

An off-duty bouncer has been ordered to pay compensation to a Royal Marine who he attacked during a night out in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:44

A pair of drunken thugs who high-fived each other after attacking three strangers in the street have been jailed.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:38

A 12-year-old girl was sent an explicit photograph by a stranger, prompting her Exmouth mum to urge parents to check their children’s social media accounts and to contact police if their youngsters have received pornographic images.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:09

Digital Exmouth photography group held its second casual meet-up.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:36

An application to convert Budleigh Salterton’s old sorting office into a pub and restaurant has drawn opposition from the town council’s planning committee.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:41

Devon and Cornwall Police said there is ‘no specific evidence’ to suggest any local threats, but it urged people to remain vigilant following explosion in Manchester.

Read more
Mon, 15:11

Exmouth RNLI’s newest lifeboat was officially named and dedicated at the weekend in front of around 250 people.

Read more
Mon, 14:53

Take a walk with Woody Gliddon around this year’s Devon County Show.

Read more
Mon, 12:31

Booker Prize-winning author Hilary Mantel has given her backing to Independent General Election candidate Claire Wright for the upcoming poll.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications