- - 1 x Class 91 Power Car
- - 1 x Mk4 DVT
- - 2 x TSO Mk4 Coaches
On March 1, 2015, Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) took over the East Coast Mainline franchise from state-owned Directly Operated Railways’ (DOR) East Coast Trains. Although 90% owned by Stagecoach, the higher profile branding of 10% owners Virgin was chosen for the new fleet’s livery and on March 2nd a press launch was held at King’s Cross station, where Class 91 No.91124 and DVT No.82219, along with a full Mk 4 rake, were unveiled in the new VTEC livery.
The successful joint Stagecoach/Virgin £3.3 billion bid for the eight year East Coast rail franchise topped that of rivals FirstGroup and Keolis/Eurostar and although 90% owned by Stagecoach, the higher profile branding of 10% owners Virgin was chosen for the new fleet’s livery. On March 2nd 2015, a press launch was held at King’s Cross station, where Class 91 No.91124 and DVT No.82219, along with a full rake of Mark 4 coaches, were unveiled in the new VTEC livery.
In the year between April 2014 and March 2015, 20.6 million passengers were carried on the East Coast Main Line and VTEC run 155 services every weekday to meet this current demand. A £40 million plus redevelopment programme has been put in place; this includes £21 million spent revamping the interiors of the trains by installing Virgin coloured upholstery, new carpets and panelling, £16 million on new engines and up to £5 million on livery updates.
It is hoped the refurbishment of the existing rolling stock will boost capacity in preparation for the arrival of Hitachi Class 800 trains in 2018, which will replace the existing fleet and carry more passengers.
|DCC Type||DCC Ready|
|Livery/owner||Virgin East Coast|
|Limited Edition Size||1,000|