8 Facts About Virgin Trains

1. In 2018, Virgin Trains trialled the removal of Friday afternoon off-peak restrictions for several months, and eventually made the deal permanent.

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2. On 15 September 2015 it was announced that Virgin Trains Trains were to rename Pendolino 390002 in memory of teenage fundraiser Stephen Sutton.

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3. In 2008 Virgin Trains looked at leasing two Class 180 but decided to retain the Mark 3 set.

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4. In 1999 Virgin Trains signed a deal to lease forty-four eight-carriage and nine nine-carriage Class 390 Pendolinos built by Alstom.

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5. In December 2018, it was announced that Virgin Trains Trains was granted a one-year extension until March 2020.

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6. In December 2012 Virgin Trains was awarded a 23-month management contract to run the franchise until 9 November 2014.

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7. In September 2004 the High Speed Virgin Trains were withdrawn with services being operated by a combination of five-carriage Class 221 Super Voyagers hired from Virgin CrossCountry and Class 47 and Class 90 hauled Mark 3 sets.

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8. On 5 August 2014 Virgin Trains agreed to be the shirt sponsor of Preston North End FC.

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