Class 221

  • First and Trenitalia to run West Coast Main Line

    First and Trenitalia to run West Coast Main Line

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    By Tony Miles OPERATION of the West Coast Partnership (WCP) will be in the hands of First Group and Trenitalia from December 8, under what will be the first of a new franchise partnership model.  With a 70/30 partnership in favour of First, the pair will end Virgin Trains’ domination of the flagship route, which…

  • Ilford works repaint for Virgin ‘Super Voyager’

    Ilford works repaint for Virgin ‘Super Voyager’

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    A FULL repaint into the revised Virgin Trains livery for Class 221 ‘Super Voyager’ No. 221101 has been completed by owner Beacon Rail at Ilford Works. Emerging in a livery emulates that being applied to the ‘Pendolino’, but a Virgin spokesman told The RM, that for the moment, it’s a one-off. The unit is due to…

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