VIDEOS: Virgin Trains Class 800 'Azuma' launch

Watch the videos below to see footage of the new Virgin Trains Class 800 'Azuma' trains.

Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) launched its Class 800 train at London King’s Cross on March 18, rebranding them as ‘Azuma’ – which translates as ‘East’ from Japanese.

They will enter traffic from 2018, with Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson calling them the UK’s most advanced long-distance train. 

  • For more on the Azuma launch, read RAIL 797, published on March 30

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  • Dave Baxter - 25/03/2016 16:18

    Very smart looking unit, terrific acceleration, should be worth a spin in two years time, hopefully at 140mph. Good luck Sir Richard !

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/03/2016 15:13

    Well I heard that Azuma means "East" plus Hitachi are also to build the Class 801 and Class 802 IEP trains for VTEC, GWR and Hull Trains.

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