Virgin Pendolino starts
Virgin Trains officially launched its first Class 390 Pendolino tilting trainset in passenger service on July 23, with a special run between Birmingham International and Manchester Piccadilly. On arrival at Manchester, unit 390 010 was named Commonwealth Games 2002.
As an official sponsor for the Games, which took place in Manchester between July 25 and August 4, Virgin operated a daily Birmingham - Manchester special using the same set. However, the company has abandoned plans to operate a regular 'discovery service' between Manchester and Stafford in order to release more sets for driver training.
Chief Executive Chris Green now expects to put the first Pendolinos into revenue service on the London - Manchester route in mid-November.