Virgin Trains has named a Class 91 to mark 40 years of High Speed Trains (HST) at their Bounds Green depot. Class 91119 received its new name, ‘Bounds Green Intercity Depot 1977 -2017’, courtesy of engineer Steve Kirkup, who started at the depot back in 1977.
Bounds Green underwent major structural work in 1977 with the construction of Roads 9-14 at the depot in addition to a new yard in readiness for the HST which was set to transform the service along the east coast main line. Forty years on they are still an integral part of the Virgin Trains east coast fleet, although now based at Edinburgh’s Craignetinny depot, racking up close to 100,000 miles in a typical week, working alongside their stablemate the Class 91 to deliver more services than ever before.
Widely regarded as one of the most successful train designs in the modern era, the HST will pass the baton on next year to the Azuma train, for the next exciting adventure in the route’s history with more frequent and faster services. But until then the HST will continue to delight customers and railway enthusiasts alike , its recent interior refresh as part of Virgin Trains £21m fleet revamp a big hit with passengers.
Steven Knight is a Transport Specialist who has over 40 years experience in the bus and rail industries as well as in specialist transport journalism. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Journalists.