Virgin Trains

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Franchise(s): InterCity West Coast
9 March 1997 – 31 March 2012
5 January 1997 – 10 November 2007 (originally 2012)
Main route(s): London - Scotland,
London - West Midlands,
London - North West
Other route(s): London-North Wales,
West Midlands - Scotland
Fleet size: 53 Pendolino sets
21 Super Voyager sets
16 British Rail Class 57/3 diesel locomotives
Stations called at: 42
Stations operated: 17
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. 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. 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.

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A Virgin Trains 'Virgin Voyager' train at Banbury railway station in the year 2004.

Their first trains, formerly owned by British Rail, were very old and broke down a lot, but were replaced by new ones in 2002.

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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 — 2012

Preceded by
First Transpennine Express
Train Operator of the Year
Succeeded by