A CHILTERN Railways worker has changed her middle name after a train station that has been a huge part of her life. 

As Marylebone station commemorates its 125th anniversary, one member of the Chiltern Railways team has decided to take those celebrations to new heights. 

Rehana Khawaja, has added ‘Marylebone’ as her middle name by deed poll, in a nod to her clocking up 20 years of service on the railway later this year.  

It could have gone even further, were it not for her children objecting to a change in first name.

The compromise of ‘Mary’ wasn’t enough for Rehana, so she decided to press ahead and change her middle name in tribute to a station that has been a huge part of her life. 

Starting in the ticket office in 2004, Rehana has worked a variety of frontline roles across the network, particularly at Marylebone, where she has been a dispatcher, station supervisor and station manager during her long career with Chiltern.  

Now Safeguarding and Security Manager, Rehana works across the network, but does her best to get back to her favourite station on the Chiltern network as much as possible.

Rehana said: “The station itself is not big. But it’s got a soul. The more I explored it over my time here, the more I was falling in love with it.

"It really does feel like a home away from home to me.  

“We know that things go wrong sometimes, and people can get delayed.

"But everybody there works so hard with a smile on their face. It’s got a personal touch. It’s warm and welcoming.

"Not every London station is like that. 

“I love the building, I love the people, and I love the history of the station.

"When I got to manage the station, I felt like I was flying. I still feel like that when I’m there now.

"It’s such a huge part of my life, and now I’ll carry it with me officially, which is really exciting.” 

Marylebone was considered modest in design at the time due to budgetary constraints, but fast forward to the present day, is considered as one of the jewels in the crown of London’s rail offering.  

As part of the celebrations, a train naming ceremony took place last Friday, 15 March, and new contemporary art installations have been unveiled at the Harewood Avenue entrance of the station.   

HR Director at Chiltern Railways Vanessa Russell said: “Rehana has worked at Chiltern for nearly twenty years, and during that time, has done her utmost to deliver for our customers.

"Her pride in the station is utterly heart-warming.”