19.7.07

I CLAIM NO CREDIT. Tim Hall at Where Worlds Collide reports that the Virgin Trains Cross Country routes have been awarded to Arriva Trains.
Not sure about their proposed livery, which looks rather dull compared with the striking Virgin Trains red and silver. The Voyagers are allegedly going to be refurbished with more luggage space (about bloody time) and more seats (where?), and a few superannuated HST sets will be resurrected to augment the fleet.
More seats by taking apart some of the sets to make longer trains? Note, though, that the trains are going to the new franchise operator, which is as I would have expected. Thus another bit of corporate spin (the lender didn't finance longer trains account the relatively short franchise) fails the market test.

The New Haven lightweight experimentals also had striking red liveries.

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