Pendolino Glasgow - London 22 September 2006

Glasgow Central - London Euston (3 Hours 55 Minutes 27 Seconds)

Glasgow Central APT T-Shirt APT-P in rainy Crewe Heaven's Angels nameplate London Euston Unofficial Time Driver Russell Southworth



Scheduled Timings

Location Time
Glasgow Central High Level 12:37
Eglinton Street Jct 12:39
Rutherglen East Jct 12:43
Newton 12:45
Uddingston Jct 12:46
Motherwell 12:49
Law Jct 12:53
Lanark Jct 12:58
Carstairs 13:00
Carstairs South Jct 13:00
Abington 13:08
Beattock Summit 13:14
Beattock 13:19
Lockerbie 13:26
Kirkpatrick 13:33
Gretna Jct 13:36
Carlisle 13:42
Penrith North Lakes 13:54
Tebay 14:06
Oxenholme Lake District 14:14
Carnforth North Jct 14:21
Morecambe South Jct 14:23
Lancaster 14:24
Preston 14:37
Euxton Jct 14:41
Balshaw Lane 14:42
Wigan North Western 14:47
Wigan South Jct 14:47
Springs Branch Jct 14:48
Winwick Jct 14:52
Dallam Jct 14:54
Warrington Bank Quay 14:54
Acton Grange Jct 14:55
Weaver Jct Signalbox 14:58
Winsford Signalbox 15:02
Crewe Coal Yard 15:07
Crewe 15:08
Crewe Basford Hall Jct 15:09
Madeley 15:12
Norton Bridge 15:18
Stafford 15:21
Colwich 15:25
Armitage 15:28
Lichfield Trent Valley 15:31
Tamworth Low Level 15:34
Nuneaton 15:41
Rugby Trent Valley Jct 15:48
Rugby 15:50
Hilmorton Jct 15:51
Weedon 15:58
Hanslope Jct 16:04
Milton Keynes Central 16:07
Bletchley 16:09
Ledburn Jct 16:14
Tring 16:16
Bourne End Jct 16:19
Watford Junction 16:23
Harrow & Wealdstone 16:26
Wembley Central 16:28
Willesden West Jct 16:30
Camden Jct 16:33
Camden South Jct 16:33
London Euston 16:36

Virgin smashes Glasgow-London speed record

Virgin Trains today achieved a new train speed record on the 401-mile route from Glasgow-London with a non-stop journey time of three hours and 55 minutes – an impressive average speed of 102.5 mph – beating the previous verified southbound speed record of four hours and 14 minutes set by British Rail's Advanced Passenger Train in the 1980s.

Today's record was set by the 1Z90 12:37 special Pendolino from Glasgow Central to London Euston, with over 400 passengers on board, which arrived at Euston station at 16:32. It was the first non-stop run between Glasgow and London since 1949, and the first ever sub-four hour southbound Glasgow to London journey.

The nine-car 439-seat electric Pendolino emits a carbon footprint of only 28 grammes per kilometre compared to the 215 grammes per kilometre of a BMW Three Series five-seat car. Its regenerative braking system returns up to 1,500 kWh of electricity to the power lines on a journey between Glasgow and London through reverse thrust traction motors and the 53-strong train fleet returns some 17 percent of power used on the West Coast.

The special Pendolino was driven by Driver Russell Southworth, 40, from Preston. He began his railway career as a railman at Preston in 1984 and began training as driver in the following year. He became a traction trainee and driver's assistant before qualifying as driver in 1988. Married for 18 years with a son and a daughter, Russell was a plasterer before joining the railway, and following family tradition of his father, grandfather and uncle. In becoming a driver he fulfilled a childhood ambition.

The train was filled with over 400 Railway Magazine readers, all of whom bought tickets following a Reader Offer in the September issue of the IPC magazine. All ticket monies raised are being donated to the Heaven's Angels campaign, which is supported by the Virgin Unite charity and provides specially adapted motorbikes to deliver healthcare to remote parts of Africa, where tracks are impassable for cars. One health worker and a motorbike costing £5,000 can help save 20,000 lives a year.

Virgin Trains' Chairman Sir Richard Branson said: "This record run has demonstrated the real potential of the upgrading of the West Coast Main Line and the state-of-the-art Virgin Pendolino trains. It has also raised over £30,000 for Heaven's Angels and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Heaven's Angels campaign - Virgin Trains' staff, the staff and readers of The Railway Magazine who promoted the train and our partners at Network Rail and ALSTOM for all helping us to achieve a new Glasgow to London speed record".

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by R G Latham
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