GNER

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Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) was owned by Sea Containers Group.

GNER operated the InterCity East Coast franchise from 1996 to 8th December 2007, running trains from London King's Cross to Yorkshire and Scotland.

91120 Royal Armouries races towards Edinburgh with a service from London Kings Cross whilst sporting GNER livery. Photo by Ewan Tait


Trains running north beyond Edinburgh served Glasgow Central (via Carstairs), Aberdeen (4 trains a day) and Inverness (1 train a day).

GNER's first term franchise started on 28 April 1996 for seven years, later extended another 2 years to April 2005. GNER won a second term, starting 1st May 2005 for seven years with a further three years if specified performance targets are met. However, GNER found that terms of new franchise it had agreed were unsustainable, and combined with the financial difficulties of its parent group, led to the franchise being terminated early.

The GNER route was transfered to East Coast on 9th December 2007.

During the later years of its first term, GNER extended its HSTs to 9 coaches, started "Mallard" refurbishment of the thirty Mk.4 trains and introduced Wireless Internet - (WiFi) on its trains.

An HST refurbishment scheme was started by GNER, bringing them up to the same standard as the "Mallard" trains. The first refurbished HST entered service in March 2007.

GNER rolling Stock



GNER fleet


Original no.
New no.
Engine
Name
Admitted
Released
In service
43006
43206
MTU
Kingdom of Fife
24th October 2007
43008
43208
MTU
17th July 2007
1st October 2007
20th October 2007
43038
43238
MTU
City of Dundee
28th June 2007
29th August 2007
1st October 2007
43039
Valenta
43051
Valenta
43053
Valenta
43056
Valenta
43057
Valenta
43077
Valenta
43090
43290
MTU
23rd March 2006
15th December 2006
27th December 2006
43095
Valenta
Perth
43096
43296
MTU
Stirling Castle
15th May 2007
17th July 2007
21st July 2007
43099
Valenta
43100
43300
MTU
Craigentinny
23rd March 2006
1st December 2006
7th December 2006
43102
Valenta
Diocese of Newcastle
43105
Valenta
City of Inverness
43106
43306
MTU
Fountains Abbey
9th January 2007
12th March 2007*
3rd May 2007
43107
Valenta
Tayside
43108
Valenta
Old Course St. Andrews
43109
43309
MTU
Leeds International Film Festival
24th April 2007
28th June 2007
3rd July 2007
43110
Valenta
Stirlingshire
43111
Valenta
Scone Palace
43112
Valenta
Doncaster
43113
43313
MTU
The Highlands
1st October 2007
30th November 2007
43114
43314
MTU
East Riding of Yorkshire
30th November 2006
16th February 2007
21st February 2007
43115
43315
MTU
Aberdeenshire
30th November 2007
43116
43316
MTU
The Black Dyke Band
29th August 2007
30th October 2007
31st October 2007
43117
Valenta
Bonnie Prince Charlie
43118
43318
MTU
City of Kingston upon Hull
12th March 2007
15th May 2007
30th May 2007
43119
Valenta
Harrogate Spa
43120
43320
MTU
National Galleries of Scotland
23rd October 2006
9th January 2007
11th January 2007
43167
43367
MTU
Deltic 50 1955 - 2005
15th February 2007
24th April 2007
2nd May 2007


Bodyside adverts:

  • 43051: Tutankhamun.
  • 43099: WiFi is here,
  • 43290: Leeds/London.
  • 43039, 43367: Online booking.
  • 43116, 43120: London 2012

91101 City of London
91102 Durham Cathedral
91103 County of Lincolnshire
91104 Grantham
91105 County Durham
91106 East Lothian
91107 Newark on Trent
91108 City of Leeds
91109 Samaritans
91110 David LivingstoneNamed for the famous explorer
91111 Terence CuneoNamed for the railway artist
91112 County of Cambridgeshire
91113 County of North Yorkshire
91114 St Mungo CathedralNamed for the cathedral in Glasgow
91115 Holyrood
91116 Strathclyde
91117 Cancer Research UK
91118 Bradford Film Festival
91119 County of Tyne and Wear
91120 Royal Armouries
91121 Archbishop Thomas Cranmer
91122 Tam the GunNamed for the gunner of the One o'clock gun
91124 Reverend W AudryNamed for the author of Thomas the Tank Engine
91125 Berwick upon Tweed
91126 York Minster
91127 Edinburgh Castle
91128 Peterborough Cathedral
91129 Queen Elizabeth II
91130 City of Newcastle
91131 County of Northumberland
91132 City of DurhamOriginally numbered 91023


DVT - Driving Van Trailer

A few had vinyl names and advertising applied in the later years of the franchise

82219 named Duke of Edinburgh from the original Mallard set
82217 Off to the Races
82218 International Indian Film Acadeny Awards (from June 2007)
82224 Passionate People Passionate Places



Named Trains


  • The Flying Scotsman: 1S11 1000 London KX - Edinburgh, 1E15 1200 Glasgow C. - London KX
  • The Northern Lights: 1S12 1030 London KX - Aberdeen, 1E10 0955 Aberdeen - London KX
  • The Highland Chieftain: 1S15 1200 London KX - Inverness, 1E12 0755 Inverness - London KX

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