Thursday, June 22, 2006

Cross-Country Virgin

From Exeter to Glasgow via Birmingham New Street. The "cross country" route (or one of them) all of which at some point join the West Coast line. These trains look sleek and fast. By British standards they are fast but in no way compete with the Japanese Shinko. About 120 mph is their speed but are capable of 180 mph but the track in Britain simply isn't up to it. Despite the bad press these trains do run on time give or take a few minutes. The only thing I have against them is the seating; set like economy class aircraft and the seats themselves are not comfortable for long journeys. The most comfortable trains here are the Trans Pennine blue trains. I posted a picture of one coming into Carnforth about a month ago.
These Virgin Voyagers as they are called are diesel multiple units. The other type that Virgin run are the Pendolino which is electric and is a bit more comfortable, but not much. It does the Glasgow-London run.



At 4:00 AM, June 23, 2006, Blogger Iain said...

Carlisle station eh? That always strikes me as a beautifully designed footbridge.

The only thing I don't like about the Virgin 'Voyagers' is that their numbers are way down on the bogies and about 3 inches high which makes them very hard work for short-sighted 'gricers'

At 4:12 PM, June 23, 2006, Blogger Norman said...

Yes Carlisle is a nicer station than Lancaster (less draughty for a start) and Preston [Depress-ton?] which is a dreary place even on a sunny day.

At 8:40 AM, July 26, 2006, Blogger Eddie said...

Hi Iain.
This is a very "Tastefull" and Unique color scheme. It is almost like a Brittish version, of the American Santa Fe "Superchief" color scheme of decades past.

Thank You.


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