Virgin Trains

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Virgin Trains
Virgin Class 390, 390112 "Virgin Star", Wigan North Western railway station (geograph 4499980).jpg
Franchise(s): InterCity West Coast
9 March 1997 – 30 August 2017
5 January 1997 – 10 November 2007
InterCity East Coast
1 March 2015 – 31 March 2023
Main route(s): London - Scotland,
London - West Midlands,
London - North West
Other route(s): London-North Wales,
West Midlands/Yorkshire - Scotland
Fleet size:

56 Pendolino sets
20 Super Voyager sets
31 InterCity 225 sets

14 InterCity 125 sets
Stations called at: 87
Stations operated: 29
National Rail abbreviation: VT
Parent company: Virgin Group / Stagecoach Group
Web site:

Virgin Trains is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. They run trains from London Euston to the North West, West Midlands and Scotland on the West Coast Main Line and trains on the East Coast Main Coast Mainline between London, Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland. Before 11 November 2007, they also ran trains linking the south and south-west of England with the north of England through Manchester and Scotland, through Birmingham, under the CrossCountry franchise. Although it is branded as part of the Virgin Group, Virgin's share in the company is only 51%, with the remaining 49% owned by Stagecoach.

New trains[change | change source]

A Virgin Trains 'Virgin Voyager' train at Banbury railway station in the year 2004.
A new train, to be delivered by December 2018, undergoing testing.

Their first trains, formerly owned by British Rail, were very old and broke down a lot, but were replaced by new ones in 2002 on the West Coast and CrossCountry lines. New trains are being built for their East Coast operations.

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Preceded by
As part of British Rail
Operator of Cross-Country franchise
1997 — 2007
Succeeded by
Operator of InterCity West Coast franchise
1997 — 2017
Preceded by
National Express East Coast
Operator of InterCity East Coast franchise
2015 — 2023