LNER has named its first Azuma train which operates on the East Coast Main Line in North Yorkshire.
At an event in York this morning the name was officially unveiled as Century to reflect the 100th anniversary of the first use of the LNER brand back in 1923, and the future too.
The Managing Director of LNER, David Horne, told guests that they decided on the name because it both celebrated the achievements of the past and the excitement about the developments to come too.
Rail historian and broadcaster, Tim Dunn, said: “The LNER brand has had a colourful and pioneering history – ever since it appeared in 1923. One hundred years later, this moment brings it all together perfectly.
“The introduction of ‘Century’ means many more people on the East Coast Main Line will be inspired to learn more about LNER’s impact on rail travel in the UK.”
LNER told YorkMix that the design features “people with proud links to LNER past and present”. The word Century is written across images of the past and present.
The LNER brand first appeared in January 1923, and named notable trains such as the ‘Flying Scotsman, ‘Mallard’ and ‘Sir Nigel Gresley’.
The newly-named train was driven by one of the modern LNER brand’s newest qualified drivers, Jordan Cochrane.
David Horne, managing director at LNER, said: “It’s a truly special moment for everyone at LNER to be unveiling the first named Azuma on the fourth anniversary of our Azuma trains first entering into passenger service.
“‘Century’ recognises the successes and iconic moments of our proud past which have defined who we are today, as well as looking forward to the innovation and technology which will see us through 100 more years of taking people on exciting journeys on the East Coast route.”
Carolyn Sheard, LNER customer experience leader whose image is included in the new design, said: “I am so proud to be featured on the ‘Century’ livery – I love my job and really enjoy working for the company so it’s an honour to be involved in the celebrations this year.”
The ‘Century’ Azuma train will now be running through Northallerton, York and Selby on various services on the LNER route.