Pride month may be coming to an end, but for some, it's just starting. Take a look at the newly painted train from ScotRail. The Dutch-owned train company is letting passengers know they are fully on board when it comes to diversity.
On June 22, 2022, the transportation giant unveiled its special Pride train developed by LGBTQ staff members and allies. The Class 334 electric train will travel on one of the company's biggest routes; from Helensburgh, Motherwell, and Milngavie, to Bathgate, Livingston and Edinburgh.
"It’s a visual commitment to our support and a reminder that we won’t tolerate bigotry or discrimination," said ScotRail in a Facebook post.
The rainbow-colored car isn't being retired anytime soon. It is scheduled to be on the rails for another eight years; when the carriages will eventually need repainting.
ScotRail is Scotland's first railway and the company wants people to know that they are committed to diversity and inclusion from the minute passengers buy their tickets.
"Our mission is to make inclusion and diversity our way of doing business, so that it becomes effortless. We want everyone working at ScotRail to feel included and accepted for who they are, whatever their background or belief – Everyone is welcome at ScotRail.” wrote Alex White, Chief Operating Officer, in a mission statement.
Not even social media bigots will stagger the railway's stance on unity. Posting about the unveiling of the new theme one commenter on Twitter sarcastically chimed, "I take it you’ll also be painting one in ‘straight’ colours? Or will we be discriminated against?"
To which the company responded: "Straight people aren't punched in the face for holding hands with their life partner, nor are the executed in other countries simply for being straight. Please educate yourself on the matter before commenting such nonsense. ^Ste"
Header: ScotRail via Facebook