Avanti West Coast’s operates two types of rolling stock, the Pendolino and the Super Voyager. There are 76 trains in total, a number of which are named, helping to maintain the railway tradition of acknowledging cities on the West Coast route and those who have influenced the communities we serve.
Here’s the story behind the names our trains are proud to carry.
Our Pendolino trains
The Class 390, or as we all know it, the Pendo. Our iconic tilting train: the workhorse of the West Coast Main Line that has been connecting London with the West Midlands, the North West and Scotland for over 20 years.
With over 300 million miles under its belt, 33 of the 56 strong fleet currently carry a name.
Celebrating the cities we serve
Some of our Pendolino fleet are named after a city on the West Coast Main Line. All 12 proudly display the city’s coat of arms alongside the name plate which you will find next to the door on Coach G.
A West Coast Celebration
The next 21 names reflect in different ways the vibrancy and diversity of the communities we serve.
Our Super Voyager Trains
Like the ‘Pendo’, our Class 221s have been a stalwart on the West Coast Main Line, a true allrounder given its ability to run to destinations such as North Wales and Shropshire that currently are not electrified.
Just three of the diesel trains, which are due to be replaced by brand new Hitachi trains in 2024, carry names.
Share your spark
If you have a great idea for a name, one that helps celebrates links with the communities we serve along the West Coast Main Line, we would love to hear from you. Just drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We do get a lot of requests. We would love to say ‘yes’ to them all, but clearly that is not possible. So really sell the idea to us.