Historic milestone as first ever electric train runs into Blackpool
An electric train has travelled to and from Blackpool for the first time ever as the transformation of the railway in the north continues.
As part of the Great North Railway Project, the Pendolino, operated by Virgin Trains, was used to test the new infrastructure last night (Monday 14 May) along the 17 mile route between Blackpool North and from Preston ahead of Sunday’s timetable change.
The new timetable will see train operators Northern and Virgin Trains introduce greener, quieter and more reliable trains to and from Blackpool.
The train travelled from Preston to Blackpool North and back under the supervision of Network Rail’s Team Orange engineers who were on hand to check and inspect the route’s new overhead equipment. Historic milestone as first ever electric train runs into Blackpool