Tuesday 4th February 2020
LNER To Keep 30 Year Old Trains Running

LNER, who run trains along the east coast mainline passing through our area, are to keep their 30 year old electric trains for a bit longer.

The Class 91 Locomotives and their Mark 4 carriages, known as IC225 or Inter-City 225, arrived when the main line was electrified at the start of the 1990s. They currently run on the iconic railway passing our local stations of Berwick upon Tweed, Morpeth, Newcastle, Durham & Darlington.

They have been popular with passengers though and the fact that they are staying on has been welcomed, especially by rail enthusiasts and regular travellers.

An LNER spokesperson said: “We are currently working on the complex task of planning for the December 2021 timetable change, which will allow us to use the new Azuma fleet to its full potential with more frequent services, reduced journey times and greater capacity. We are running a procurement for additional trains to run the enhanced 2021 timetable, therefore to allow for the timescales of procurement and to give us additional resilience in our fleet, we will be retaining a number of our IC225 electric trains. This will allow us to deliver significant benefits for customers, while enabling the release of Azumas for modification programmes such as the previously announced additional luggage racks.”

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