Tilting tech and talking toilets: the good and bad of Virgin Trains

Virgin Trains reaches the end of the line on Saturday. How will it be remembered?

At 13 minutes to midnight on Saturday the last Virgin Trains service, after 22 years, will roll into Wolverhampton station. The trademark red carriages have already been painted white and stripped of all their Virgin branding. Starting Sunday, they will be repainted green, as a new name in British train travel, Avanti, takes over the west coast mainline from London to Glasgow.

Virgin Trains has been in operation for almost the whole of the privatised rail era and the brand has become a byword for the best and worst of the reformed railways.

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