Roger Federer Gets A Train Named After Him! [Video]
by Tom Gainey | October 28th, 2011, 4:22 pm
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roger-federer-trainThe man who has everything now has a freaking train. That’s right. Roger Federer just got a train in his name today during a special ceremony in Basel.

“I have never named a locomotive before, let alone one bearing my own name,” Federer said.

Federer gave his name and image to Nationale Suisse for which he also serves as their brand ambassador. And for every KM travelled by the “Federer Express”, Nationale Suisse will make a donation toward the Roger Federer Foundation.

“Our passengers are world champions in rail travel,” Jeannine Pilloud, Head of the Passenger Division at SBB railways. “Now they can look forward to meeting Roger Federer, the best tennis player of all time, on all inter-city routes.”

How many athletes or celebrities have had a locomotive in their name? I can’t think of one. I’ve seen cars and buses, but not trains.

Federer is in Basel preparing for his return to tennis Monday night. He’ll join Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in a loaded field.

Federer and Djokovic enjoyed a warm-up pratice session yesterday. See the video here.


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33 Comments for Roger Federer Gets A Train Named After Him! [Video]

dari Says:

LEGEND +++ :)


Stella Says:

And this Lok will be the first one to cross the new built Gotthard tunnel!


carlo Says:

The Federer Express will keep rolling long after he’s retired. It’s a great tribute. And a wonderful gesture for National Suisse to donate to the Federer Foundation.

Definitely, Legend!

As for defending his title in Basel next week? That is going to be difficult. Can’t wait to see Djokovic, Murray and Federer back in action!


Tran Says:

peRFect!


Dory Says:

I want that miniature model!!!!


Humble Rafa Says:

Anything that chokes at the end…must be named after Federer.


Humble Rafa Says:

Your humble highness thought about playing Basel, seriously! But with Novak and The Lady Forehand playing, I didn’t want to get bageled.


jane Says:

I am stoked that Nole, Murray and Fed are all playing next week! Whoo-hoo.

Ha ha “The Fed express” made literal; I love when metaphors are made manifest. Usually it happens in horror films, you know, with things like “mind-blowing”, or “blue in the face”, but this is pretty cool too. ;)


steve-o Says:

Awesome!


mahnoor awan Says:

wow… but didnt get a word cuz it was in swedish………..:P


Wog boy Says:

Thomas the tank engine.
I bet they are going to put Andy in Nole’s side of the draw so Thomas the tank engine can have easy road to final.
Something tells me it is going to be power (steam) failure and Thomas the tank engine will stall.
He is rolling backwards, anyway.


Kimmi Says:

wog boy , muzza is ranked number 3 now. it is federer who will be either drawn against andy or nole.


alison hodge Says:

im a bit torn on one hand i would love to see muzza take the title,and make it four in a row,on the other hand it would be great for roger to bag a title,been as he hasnt won one since the begining of the year,go muzza go roger i think i would be happy for either of these two to take the title,not nole as hes won enough this year.


Wog boy Says:

Thanks Kimmi, that would be possible if RF is #3 but not now. Silly me. BTW, Janko is in the final of St. Petersburg.


Kimmi Says:

janko is kicking butt but he needs to try the big ones now, he is won enough 250 this year..500 next week, is he entered?


Kimmi Says:

delpo vs anderson on court. delpo with a break in the first set. go delpo..


Wog boy Says:

Well, you are right about that one, too.


Wog boy Says:

Kvitova is abreak up but I don’t think I can stay awake. It was a long day. I am recording it. Go Kvitova.


Kimmi Says:

delpo broken in the second set..

petra/ stosur match is full of errors at the moment. petra up a break though.


Kimmi Says:

too many errors from petra. bad bad game to be broken..


Kimmi Says:

petra cant keep the ball in play and stosur is taking adv of it.


Dory Says:

jane me too. Nole and Roger are playing after a looong time. It seems far too long to me.


DC Says:

extremely cool..the only thing in tennis world thats longer than this train is the list of Feds records…


carlo Says:

Basel draw looks fun but maybe a little too predictable.

Tipsarevic is in Murray’s quarter in Basel. Janko has been collecting 250 trophies and he has a good chance to win another tomorrow in St. Petersburg, if he can defeat Cilic. There will be a war of words on live stream chat, for sure!

Vienna features the match of the day: Tsonga and Del Potro. Del Potro squeaked by Kevin Anderson in 3. Tsonga finished off a qualifier in 2 sets. Should be Tsonga’s day.


jane Says:

Just saw Basel draw: Murray has Tipsy, Fed and Roddick; Nole has Troicki, Berdych and Fish.


carlo Says:

Basel draw is familiar like an old shoe. Just one big name missing – Nadal.

Valencia doesn’t have the biggest names but I like it for different reasons than Basel, Milos Raonic is there, Kevin Anderson, Del Potro, and all the French top players. Ferrer will be trying to defend his title and Tsonga will be playing for points to qualify for London. Tennis is nearly over for them in 2011. Some need holiday money. Others will be simply going through the motions. You never know who is in what state of mind and body this time of year.


grendel Says:

del Potro said today:”"I don’t know if I am playing at my best but I am working hard I want to end the season well and start 2012 on a good note.”

Now if the player himself doesn’t know if he is at his best, how in god’s name are the rest of us supposed to have any idea? Doesn’t stop us all pontificating away as if there was no tomorrow…


carlo Says:

Del Potro. I did see most of his match with Kevin Anderson and I’d suppose Juan Martin is not in 2008-09 form just yet. Anderson has been hot on tour and an improving player but I have to guess Del Potro would have finished off Anderson in straight sets if he was in his US Open winning form. I noticed Del Potro bent over, short of breath, and thought Anderson looked quite fresh and would win in the 3rd set. Del Potro might lack some fitness compared to what he was in 2009 but he showed plenty of determination and was a level better at returning the Anderson serve than old Melzer was the day before.


Humble Rafa Says:

I heard that Switzerland does not have an Egg. So, Novak has spent extra time in the Egg before Basel.


Wog boy Says:

It is a kind draw for Nole, indeed.


alison hodge Says:

@carlo no offence but i have my doubts about jmdp ever regaining that 08-09 form,dont get me wrong hes a great player,but if he gets so breathless at such a young age, in best of 3 set matches, struggling to beat someone you would expect him to beat comfortably, sorry but i think he will struggle in a best of 5 against one of the top players jmo,hopefully ill be wrong it took rafa a while after his injury,and that was after everyone claimed his career was all but over and he would never win a slam ever again,and hey presto hes gone on to win another 4 grand slams since coming back from injury,maybe one of the lucky ones who knows,like i say hope im wrong hes a terrific player and is just outside the top 10 now,also with a slight chance of qualifying for the yec,so that would be a fantastic achievement in itself,only time will tell.


Wog boy Says:

As much as I love Delpo it is been two years( AO 2010) that he is traying to get back. I hope he can do, but ….two years is, well…two years. I remember his match against Novak at RG, he could hardly stand at the end. Let’s hope he can do it, for the sake of tennis and himself.


alison hodge Says:

@wog boy i hope so too but like you say 2 years is a long time,and tennis moves on very quickly,a players form can change in an instant,rafa and especially roger are amongst the few lucky ones to have remained at the top for so long,he (JMdp) even lost to blake last week who i expected him to beat easily(no disrespect to blake as i like him too),still if he can get a good result today against tsonga it will be a good springboard to build upon.

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