Painting the trains red


Painting the trains red

Virgin Trains East Coast has reached the half-way point in rolling out the new bright red Virgin livery to its fleet in what is the biggest rebranding exercise on the East Coast Main Line in a decade.

The transformation of the fleet has attracted such attention Virgin Trains East Coast commissioned a time-lapse film of a diesel High Speed Train being wrapped at Craigentinny depot in Edinburgh.

More than four cameras recorded hundreds of hours of video over five days to create the sequence that shows the sixth HST set to be reliveried.

Currently there are 7 HST sets and 16 electric sets in the new livery of the 45 trains in the Virgin Trains East Coast fleet.

David Horne, Managing Director at Virgin Trains East Coast, said: “We’re thrilled to see the Virgin logo in its full glory adorning our HST trains. The work done by the team at our Edinburgh Craigentinny depot is fantastic. We’ve had some great feedback from our customers too.”

The rebranding of the entire fleet is expected to be completed by November.

50,000 square metres of vinyl will be used as part of the project to relivery the fleet between each of the depots at Craigentinny and Bounds Green in London.

Designer of the new Virgin Trains East Coast livery, Ray Stenning of Best Impressions said: “It’s great to be involved with such an exciting project to make the trains look much sexier and create a dynamic new look. Reaction to and feedback about the trains out and about on the route has been incredible.”

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