So Virgin Trains East Coast has its ‘Flying Scotsman’ train but not to be outdone VT’s West Coast also now has a flying train. This time it’s the ‘Flying Scouseman’. Pendolino 390148, formerly named ‘Virgin Harrier’ has been re-named in a joint initiative between the train operator and the Liverpool Echo.
The name was chosen through a competition with the Liverpool Echo to mark Virgin Trains 20th birthday operating services on the West Coast. Around to 700 suggestions were received, and from the shortlist of ten the ‘Flying Scouseman’ was chosen and captured 21% of the vote.
Virgin Trains says: “It was all a bit of fun and hopefully a name that will put a smile on people’s faces as 390148 speeds up and down the WCML”.
The winner of the competition was Michael Dally from Runcorn.
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.