UK’s East Coast Railway Launches “Flying Scotsman” Express Train, Improvements In First Class

East Coast Railway has launched its new flagship service, the Flying Scotsman express train, connecting Edinburgh and London in just 4 hours this morning. The British rail operator is also introducing improvements for passengers travelling in First Class.


Flying Scotsman Revived As Early Morning Express

Targeted at business travellers based in Scotland, the new Flying Scotsman departs Edinburgh’s Waverley Station each weekday morning at 0540 hrs and arrives in London’s King’s Cross Station at 0940 hrs. One of the fastest services on the route, the train makes an intermediate stop in Newcastle enroute, allowing for connections from Northumbrian passengers.


To mark the revival of the historic service, East Coast Railway has branded a locomotive in a unique, bold and contemporary livery. Reminiscent of the world-famous 4472 Flying Scotsman steam locomotive, the maroon-coloured engine operated the inaugural service today with invited guests and paying passengers onboard.


Improvements In First Class

East Coast Railway is also introducing complimentary food and drinks served at-seat for First Class passengers, in favour of the traditional restaurant car. Weekday services will offer a hot breakfast in the mornings, sandwiches/salads in the afternoon and an evening meal between 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs, accompanied by complimentary wines, spirits, beers and soft drinks. Weekend trains will serve an all-day light menu.


Other improvements include complimentary wireless internet access and a dedicated quiet coach. The latter will provide a comfortable environment for travellers to work or rest during their journeys.


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