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…in celebration of the Forth Bridge 125th Anniversary.
2015 is the 125th Anniversary of the Forth Bridge – now regarded as Scotland’s most famous landmark and nominated for World Heritage status.
East Midlands Trains’ managing director, David Horne, has been chosen to head the new Stagecoach/Virgin joint venture set to operate trains on Britain’s East Coast main line.
From January, Horne will become managing director of the new eight-year InterCity East Coast franchise – named Virgin Trains East Coast – which will take over operation of services from March 2015.
David began his career as a ticket office clerk in Cornwall in 1988. He has been managing director of East Midlands Trains since 2007 and prior to that held senior roles at South West Trains and Virgin Trains.
Martin Griffiths, chief executive of Stagecoach Group, said: “David
has a wealth of experience of the railways which will be invaluable as
we prepare to launch the new franchise.”
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An exciting new Caledonian Sleeper service will operate between London and Scotland from April 2015. The new Sleeper service will see guests arrive at the heart of their destination refreshed and ready to go.
Serco has been chosen by the Scottish Government as the new operator, with a vision for the Sleeper to be a modern, revitalised overnight travel and hospitality experience between world famous destinations in Scotland and London.The new trains, built by leading rolling stock manufacturer Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF), will be fully accessible and offer four accommodation types: Cradle Seats, Pod Flatbeds, Berths and En-suite Berths.
The Caledonian Sleeper from London Euston to Fort William has been named by a travel guide as one of the best six railway adventures in the world. The 'Deerstalker' - as the train colloquially known - has been placed in the same league as The Shanghai Maglev, the Tren Crucero through the heart of Ecuador, the Sunset Limited between Los Angeles and New Orleans, the TranzAlpine Express in New Zealand's stunning South Island and the Danube Express between Budapest and Istanbul.
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The 'electro-diesels' - formerly used on British Rail's Southern Region - will be hired by new operators Serco, to replace the Class 67s which currently haul the train to Fort William by DB Schenker.
The new trains, which will be delivered as 46 three-car and 24 four-car units, will initially go into operation on the newly electrified line from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley and the Stirling – Alloa – Dunblane lines from 2017.
Abellio will begin operating the new 10-year ScotRail franchise from April 2015. A spokesman for the operator suggested that its new fleet proposal with Hitachi was a “major feature” of its winning bid.
Andy Barr, Hitachi Rail Europe’s chief operating officer, said: “This
is great news, as it is the first contract for our recently launched
AT200 commuter train.
“These trains will be built at Hitachi’s new Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Hitachi Aycliffe, complementing the delivery of the Class 800 and 801 trains for the Intercity Express Programme, boosting jobs and growth in the North East.”
The AT200 is Hitachi’s ‘next generation’ commuter and suburban train, designed to challenge the dominance of the Electrostar and Desiro in the UK and look to take advantage of the huge market in Europe for electric multiple-units (EMUs).
THEY may be lacking today’s air-conditioned carriages and wifi, but now the steam trains of yesteryear offer the promise of a return to a more romantic era of travel.
A new age of steam is being lined up to make a comeback on Scotland’s railways, conjuring up the magic of the days when making a trip was accompanied by a sense of excitement, the chug of the engine, the sound of the whistle and smoke puffing out of the loco’s chimney.
New ScotRail operator Abellio is planning a steam renaissance which could see extra tourist trains on many rural routes to showcase Scotland’s dramatic scenery.
The Dutch firm, which will take over the franchise in April, is investigating running steam trains on up to eight routes, including over the Forth Bridge, The Scotsman has learned!!!!
It is understood that the Dutch rail operator abellio has won the £2.5bn franchise to run services for 10 years.
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