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The first Intercity 125 train wrapped in Virgin Trains East Coast livery entered service this weekend.
The famous Virgin logo, with iconic red and white colouring, adorned the 8.30am departure from Edinburgh Waverley on Saturday following work at nearby Craigentinny depot to conduct body side repairs, painting and wrapping of the 11 car set.
Virgin Trains East Coast took over the franchise on March 1 when Stewart Signs managed a rapid interim branding of the fleet so as not to cause any disruption to services.
Work to wrap the Mark 3 fleet, known as 125s, in its official livery was undertaken at Craigentinny depot by Stewart Signs and all 14 trains are expected to be completed by October. Work is also underway to wrap the 31 Mark 4 trains, which are known as 225s, with 10 branded trains in service and the remainder due to be wrapped by November.
David Horne, Managing Director at Virgin Trains East Coast, said: “This is a really proud moment for the business and we’re thrilled to see the Virgin logo in its full glory adorning one of our HST trains.
“These trains carry millions of our customers each year – from Inverness and Aberdeen to London. Customers up and down the country will recognise those six letters instantly and they symbolise the start of a journey we are making to transform this great business by bringing the Virgin sparkle to passengers’ experience.
“The work done by the team at our Edinburgh Craigentinny depot has worked fantastically and the Virgin Trains East Coast train looks great. I’m really looking forward to seeing the rest of the fleet wrapped in this new livery as well.”