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.
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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