Virgin Trains facts for kids
|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
|Stations called at:||87|
|National Rail abbreviation:||VT|
|Parent company:||Virgin Group / Stagecoach Group|
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. Virgin's share in Virgin Trains East Coast is only 10% with 90% being owned by Stagecoach, although the company is also branded under the Virgin name.
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.
Virgin Trains 82114 Driving Van Trailer Platform 1 Glasgow Central Station, Scotland July 2000.
A Virgin trains Mk2 coach at Banbury in 2001. All of Virgin's old slam door stock was scraped in 2003, after safety issues on such carriages. Most are now in private collections or scrapped.
A picture of a Virgin Trains' MK 3 carriage at Crewe station in the year 2000. It is in its former Inter City livery. Most are now either renovated or scrapped. They were too old to use.
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