‘New era’ of ScotRail starts with train fire

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - NEWS -

One of the In­ter­city 125s which is due to be­come part of the new high-speed fleet went on fire yes­ter­day morn­ing – just as ScotRail was pre­par­ing to un­veil the new trains with a fan­fare.

The empty Great Western Rail­way (GWR) lo­co­mo­tive went up in flames at Ex­eter in Devon around 5am.

Named Mul­lySoft, it is among a 26-strong fleet sched­uled to be trans­ferred to ScotRail.

The in­ci­dent made for some awk­ward mo­ments for ScotRail Al­liance’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Alex Hynes as he un­veiled a “new era” livery on the first of the fleet at Aberdeen sta­tion.

Sim­i­lar trains are be­ing re­placed by Vir­gin Trains East Coast on routes ScotRail’s fleet will run on, such as Aberdeen and In­ver­ness to Lon­don.

Vir­gin is in­tro­duc­ing Ja­panese-de­signed Azuma trains in­stead, which use bul­let train tech­nol­ogy.

A GWR spokesman said: “We are cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cause of a fire in one of our train engines at our Ex­eter main­te­nance de­pot.

“As the train was out of ser­vice at the time, no cus­tomers or staff were af­fected.

“This caused de­lays of around 20 min­utes to some of our ser­vices on Thurs­day morn­ing.”

The fleet’s £50mil­lion up­grad­ing pro­gramme is due to con­tinue un­til all the trains are in ser­vice in May 2019.

A ScotRail spokesman said that the train wasn’t the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the firm un­til it took own­er­ship in July.

GWR is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the fire in one of its 125 engines

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