THE end of Virgin Train West Coast franchise is just two months away, and an on-going repaint programme has led to the release of the first unbranded Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ set.
The repaint work is part of the interim maintenance regime, which began in June 2017.
Set No. 390137 was released from Alstom’s Technology Centre, at Widnes, during September, with no external branding to associate it with a specific train operator.
Prior to the repainted white colour, sets carried a full-height bodyside Virgin logo. Of the 56 sets to be repainted, by mid-September just seven still retained the original silver, red and white colour scheme, which at nearly 20 years old had begun to look dated.
It is possible at least one or more of the plain sets will be branded in the new First Trenitalia livery, ready for the press launch on December 9.
Read more News and Features in the October 2019 issue of The RM –on sale now!
From the history of steam through to 21st century rail transport news, we have titles that cater for all rail enthusiasts. Covering diesels, modelling, steam and modern railways, check out our range of magazines and fantastic subscription offers.
About the Author
01507 529529 | NDevereux@Mortons.co.uk
Latest posts by Nigel Devereux (see all)
- From the Archive: Dr Patrick RANSOME-WALLIS - 13th November 2019
- Flooding washes out Churnet Valley gala - 12th November 2019
- Hitachi Class 802 enters service with TransPennine Express - 12th November 2019