ScotRail (National Express)

ScotRail (National Express)

ScotRail was a train operating company in Scotland owned by National Express that operated the ScotRail franchise from March 1997 until October 2004. Prior to March 1997 ScotRail (British Rail) ran the trains and after October 2004 First ScotRail ran them.

ScotRail (National Express) Services

ScotRail operated all passenger train services in Scotland, with the exception of the Arriva Trains Northern, GNER, Virgin CrossCountry and Virgin Trains West Coast services from England. ScotRail operated services into England with services to Carlisle and Newcastle, and the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London.

ScotRail (National Express) Rolling Stock

ScotRail inherited a fleet of Class 101, Class 117 Class 150, Class 156, Class 158, Class 303, Class 305, Class 314, Class 318 and Class 320s from British Rail as well as Mark 2 carriages and Mark 3 sleepers for use on the Caledonian Sleepers and on some other passenger services.

ScotRail contracted English Welsh & Scottish to haul the Caledonian Sleeper services to London Euston. Class 90s were used south of Edinburgh and Glasgow Central with Class 37s used on the portion to Fort William and Class 47s to Aberdeen and Inverness.

  • 101   Diesel Multiple Unit


  • 150 Sprinter   Diesel Multiple Unit


  • 156 Super Sprinter   Diesel Multiple Unit


  • 158 Express Sprinter   Diesel Multiple Unit


  • 170 Turbostar   Diesel Multiple Unit


  • 303 Blue Train   Electric Multiple Unit


  • 305   Electric Multiple Unit


  • 314   Electric Multiple Unit


  • 318   Electric Multiple Unit


  • 320   Electric Multiple Unit


  • 322   Electric Multiple Unit

334 Coradia Juniper   Electric Multiple Unit

  • Mark 2 Carriage   Passenger Rolling Stock


  • Mark 3 Carriage   Passenger Rolling Stock


ScotRail (National Express) Depots

ScotRail's fleet was maintained at Haymarket, Glasgow Shields Road and Inverness depots.

ScotRail (National Express) Demise

In July 2003, the Scottish Executive and the Strategic Rail Authority announced Arriva, FirstGroup and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new franchise. In June 2004, the franchise was awarded to FirstGroup, with the services operated by ScotRail transferring to First ScotRail on 17 October 2004.

ScotRail (National Express) Overview

ScotRail (National Express) Franchise(s): ScotRail
31 March 1997 - 16 October 2004

ScotRail (National Express) Main Region(s): Scotland
ScotRail (National Express) Fleet Size: 309
ScotRail (National Express) Stations Operated: 336
ScotRail (National Express) Parent Company: National Express
ScotRail (National Express) Reporting Mark: SR
ScotRail (National Express) Predecessor: ScotRail (British Rail)
ScotRail (National Express) Successor: First ScotRail
ScotRail (National Express) Length: 3,032.0 km (1,884.0 mi)


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