A fleet-wide repainting programme has resulted in a new look for the Virgin Trains’ Pendolinos, with the first of the trains now back in operation on the west coast mainline...
The newly designed livery, which is named ‘flowing silk’, is similar to the one on the new Azuma trains that will grace the east coast mainline in 2018. The design looks to build on the iconic Virgin brand values and takes its main inspiration from the natural world, in particular wind.
"The Pendolino is widely regarded as the UK’s hardest working train, and has clocked up over 300 million miles in the last 15 years. They have been given a fresh lick of paint and will continue to speed customers along the west coast mainline in record time," commented Peter Broadley, Executive Director for Customer, Operations and Safety on the west coast.
The work was undertaken by the original builders of the train, Alstom, at their newly opened facility in Widnes.
"It is a proud day for us, seeing the first of the iconic Pendolino fleet successfully repainted and out on the network again," said Nick Crossfield, Managing Director, Alstom UK & Ireland. "This is the first work we have completed at our important new Widnes modernisation facility. Not only is it on time and on budget, I am equally proud of the fact we employed eighty people locally, including five new apprentices, to deliver this beautiful new paint job. We look forward to working with Virgin Trains to complete the painting of the rest of their hard working fleet."
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