Virgin Trains was a train operating company in the United Kingdom. They ran 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 run 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 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. The East Coast franchise was transferred to London North Eastern Railway in 2019, and the West Coast franchise to Avanti West Coast.
|Franchise(s)||InterCity West Coast|
9 March 1997 -2019 
|Main route(s)||London - Scotland|
London - North West
London - West Midlands
London - Chester
|Other route(s)||London - Holyhead|
London - Shrewsbury
London - Wrexham
London - Blackpool
|Fleet size||56 Class 390 Pendolino sets|
20 Class 221 Super Voyager sets
|Stations called at||48|
|National Rail abbreviation||VT|
|Parent company||Virgin Rail Group|
Virgin Group (51%)
New trains Edit
Their first trains, formerly owned by British Rail, were very old and broken down, but were replaced by new trains in 2002 on the West Coast and CrossCountry lines. New trains were built for their East Coast operations.
A Class 220 Voyager at Bristol.
The interior of Standard Class aboard a Class 390 Pendolino.
The interior of First Class aboard a 390 Pendolino.
The complimentary breakfast was served to passengers in First Class aboard the Class 390 Pendolino trains before the improved service was launched in January 2009.
Virgin Trains East Coast InterCity 125 interior
Related pages Edit
- "Government launches bids for West Coast franchise". Buying Business Travel. 27 March 2018. Archived from the original on 18 December 2019. Retrieved 27 March 2018.
Other websites Edit
- Department for Transport Archived 2010-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
- Virgin Trains Archived 2009-03-27 at the Wayback Machine
As part of British Rail
| Operator of Cross-Country franchise
1997 — 2007
| Operator of InterCity West Coast franchise
1997 — 2017
East Coast (train operating company)
| Operator of InterCity East Coast franchise
2015 — 2018
London North Eastern Railway