InterCity (British Rail) - InterCity Divisions - B

InterCity (British Rail) - B
InterCity (British Rail) Divisions
InterCity had the following divisions:
  • East Coast: Services on the East Coast Main Line from London King's Cross to Yorkshire, North East England and eastern Scotland.
  • West Coast: Services on the West Coast Main Line from London Euston to the West Midlands, North Wales, North West England and southern Scotland, including overnight sleeper services to Scotland.
  • Midland: Services on the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire.
  • Great Western: Services on the Great Western Main Line from London Paddington to South Wales and the West Country, including overnight sleeper services to the West Country.
  • Great Eastern: Services on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street to Essex and East Anglia.
  • Cross-Country: Services between city pairs that used a combination of the various main lines, but usually avoided Greater London, many of these served the Cross-Country Route.
  • Gatwick Express: Shuttle service between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.
The InterCity sector was also responsible for Motorail services to and from London Kensington Olympia.
InterCity (British Rail) Operations
InterCity operated High Speed Trains (HST) under the brand-name InterCity 125, as well as InterCity 225s for the electric high-speed trains operated on the East Coast route. The "125" referred to the trains' top speed in miles per hour (mph), equivalent to 201 km/h, whereas "225" referred to the intended top speed in km/h (equivalent to 140 mph) and for signalling reasons their actual speed limit was the same 125 mph.
InterCity 250 was the name given by InterCity to the proposed upgrade of the West Coast Main Line in the early 1990s. The existing trains operating on the West Coast were intended to be marketed under the brand InterCity 175, again referring to those trains' top operating speed of 110 mph, roughly equivalent to 175 km/h, although this idea was subsequently dropped.
All InterCity day services ran with a buffet car and the majority ran at speeds of 100 mph or above. If expresses on other sectors are included, there was a period in the early 1990s when British Rail operated more 100 mph services per day than any other country. Special discounted fares, including the Super Advance and the APEX, were available on InterCity if booked ahead.
InterCity (British Rail) Overview
InterCity Main Region(s): All
InterCity Other Region(s): All
InterCity Fleet Size: 180
InterCity Stations Called At: 190
InterCity Parent Company: British Rail
InterCity Dates of Operation: 1966–1994
InterCity Successors: Great North Eastern Railway, Midland Mainline, Great Western Trains, Anglia Railways, Virgin Trains, Virgin CrossCountry
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