Gerald ‘The Rule Book’ Riley: Celebrating 55 years of dedication to railway safety standards

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A Class 66 Freightliner locomotive has been named in honour of RSSB’s, Gerald ‘The Rule Book’ Riley. Over his nearly 60-year career, his commitment to safety standards has had a huge impact on the industry.

The naming ceremony took place at Freightliner’s Vehicle Maintenance Facility. Gerald was joined for the celebration by family and colleagues. Freightliner CEO, Tim Shoveller, gave a heartfelt speech, praising Gerald's impact on railway safety. As a token of thanks, Gerald received a replica of the locomotive nameplate.

From an early stage in his career, Gerald has been involved in crafting safety standards. His dedication and attention to detail have made him integral to the production of the industry Rule Book. He now spearheads the management and production of this critical document.

As Gerald approaches his 60th year in rail, it is fitting to commemorate his invaluable service to the industry. His contributions reach beyond the written rules; they have shaped the way railways operate, ensuring the safety of passengers, crew, and goods. Gerald's legacy is one of unwavering dedication and a commitment to excellence.

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