Our visit to the East Coast Main Line starts at Kings Cross in 1975, when all trains were diesel powered. Main line services were in the hands of the iconic Deltics, and Class 47’s, with the occasional visiting Peak. Suburban services were provided by DMU’s and Class 31’s, hauling compartment stock. We see the electrification of the suburban services, including the Finsbury Park to Moorgate route, and the last Eastern Region passenger trains over the LT Widened Lines. The extensive remodelling of the
approaches to Kings Cross, in the second half of the 1970’s, is also featured.
Moving North, there is considerable coverage of the diesel era at Doncaster, York, Newcastle, and Edinburgh, and also a visit to Scarborough.
At Edinburgh we see Class 47’s operating the Glasgow ‘Push-Pull’ service.
The coming of the HST’s is followed by the progressive electrification between London, Leeds, and Edinburgh, using Class 91 locomotives.
Duration: 69 minutes
Our story continues into the era of privatisation, and includes the use of Class 90 locos on Leeds services. We see the introduction of the GNER
livery, plus Eurostars, and the unique Class 89 in service. Later we see Virgin HST’s and Voyagers, on Cross Country services, as well as various
other liveries applied to Sprinters and Pacers. We see First Capital Connect livery replace the WAGN colours on London suburban services.
Hull Trains Class 170’s and Class 222’s are featured, as well as leased Class 180’s.
Grand Central’s new service to Sunderland is seen at Kings Cross.
Finally, we see the GNER livery modified, and subsequently replaced, following the takeover of the franchise by National Express - East Coast
Duration: 56 minutes