Four generations of ECML power to run side-by-side

PAST, present and future East Coast express power will run side-by-side on the ECML north of York on April 23 in a unique public relations event to promote the line.

‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman (pictured), an HST set, a Class 91 and Mk4 set, plus a Class 800 ‘Azuma’, will run side-by-side on the ECML on April 23 from Tollerton towards York.

In the spirit of legendary railway PR stunts of the 1930s, Virgin Inter-City 125 and IC225 sets will be joined by the National Railway Museum’s Gresley ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman and one of the pre-series Hitachi ‘Azuma’ bi-mode units due to enter service in 2018.

The trains will run southbound on the four-track section from Tollerton towards York for several miles, in staggered formation, at around 20-25mph. Although trains have run in parallel on double track lines for special events before, it is thought to be the first time it has been attempted with four trains in the UK.

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