InterCity brand is back on Scottish HST power cars

ABELLIO has revived the famous InterCity brand to promote its new HST services between Scotland’s seven largest cities.

The InterCity brand was introduced by British Rail in the mid-1960s.

Permission has been gained from the Department for Transport, which holds the rights to the name, meaning ScotRail Alliance has started to apply ‘Inter7City’ branding to its refurbished high-speed trains ahead of their May introduction between Edinburgh/Glasgow, Inverness and Aberdeen.

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Crew training on a 2+4 HST formation for ScotRail drivers continues, and No. 43179 is pictured leading 43126 past Cockairnie, between Aberdour and Dalgety Bay, with the 12.24 Dundee-Haymarket working on February 9. IAN LOTHIAN

The first two reliveried power cars – Nos. 43033/148 – were released from Wabtec Brush in Loughborough on February 13, working north to begin crew training from Haymarket depot in Edinburgh.

ScotRail is receiving 54 ex-GWR power cars to power 27 short-formation (2+4 or 2+5) HSTs, which are replacing Class 158 and 170 DMUs, and transforming its most important internal inter-city services.

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