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Video of the Week: The past, present and future of rail travel along the East Coast mainline.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017

One of the UK’s most iconic rEast Coast 2.jpgailway lines – the East Coast Main Line celebrated both its heritage and future at an event in York last week. Four trains spanning over four generations travelled side by side along the route. For one time only, the world famous Flying Scotsman travelled alongside two trains from Virgin Trains’ revitalised fleet: a HST (Class 43), and intercity225 (Class 91) and the rail operator’s brand new train, the Virgin Azuma which is being built by Hitachi and will enter service in 2018. The Flying Scotsman was the first steam locomotive to achieve an authenticated speed of 100mph and the first mechanical marvel to undertake a non-stop run between London's King Cross and Edinburgh Waverley. Paul Kirkman, the director for the National Railway Museum is York said: "The four train line up epitomises the evolution of the later generation of fast, elegant and stylish trains - all with a shared bloodline - that epitomise the history of the route from the 1850s to today."

This week's video of the week was provided by The Telegraph.

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