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Train named after Didcot's 11 EOD Regiment
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The locomotive will be named after 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment

A railway locomotive has been named after a bomb disposal unit based in Didcot.

The soldiers in 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal Regiment RLC are being honoured for their work in Afghanistan.

The plaque was unveiled at a special ceremony at Didcot Parkway Railway station.

The Commanding Officer of the Regiment, Lt Col Gareth Bex, said: "We're absolutely thrilled… it's a great honour indeed."

The Regiment has disabled hundreds of Improved Explosive Devices (IEDs) during Operation Herrick, the British military operation in Afghanistan.

Their work was recognised by both train operator First Great Western and Oxfordshire County Council.

Lt Col Bex said: "Given the arduous year we've suffered and in particular the loss of IED operators in Afghanistan it means a great deal to us knowing we've got fantastic support from those in the local community.

"It's a bit of cheering news that buoys us up enormously."

Ellie Banks from First Great Western said: "We think it's really important to do this sort of thing and recognise and support the work of soldiers across the region, including the 11 EOD Regiment.

Soldier brushing dust from bomb Photo  MOD/Crown
The Regiment have defused hundreds of improvised explosives

"We think this is going to be a lasting way to celebrate their courage and tremendous work and help get the message out there about everything they do."

Ed Vaizey MP, who was present at the ceremony, said: "While we can never do enough to thank them for their work, or to recognise the extraordinary feats that they have carried out, I know the Regiment is delighted that their name will be carried in this way."




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