Our trains

Some of our trains are a bit different.  We like to celebrate the beautiful regions our trains travel between, whether it's the wilds of Bronte Country, the stunning North East coast or the rolling hills of James Herriot country.

Find out about our named trains below.

Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist

Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist

The newest named train in the fleet is Ashley Jackson - The Yorkshire Artist.  Our partnership with Ashley Jackson demonstrates our commitment and passion to promoting Yorkshire and all the county has to offer. 

The Yorkshire Artist train, with Ashley’s watercolours in the carriages and toilets, aims to bring the beauty of Yorkshire to the people who travel on our trains every day.  It has been Ashley Jackson’s life’s goal to make art accessible to everyone, so bringing his evocative and dramatic paintings to our passengers is in keeping with his philosophy.

This train was named on 20 October 2011 at Bradford Interchange Railway Station by Ashley Jackson. More information about Ashley Jackson, his works and influence can be found at www.ashley-jackson.co.uk

  • Class 180, number 180105

Peter Fox

Peter -Fox

Peter Fox, 1942 – 2011 was a railway publisher and managing director of Sheffield-based Platform 5 Publishing, who died in February 2011.

Peter was a lifelong railway enthusiast.  As well as a career in the rail industry, he was a renowned railway publisher who created Platform 5 Publications in 1977 with Neil Webster.  Peter also launched the magazine Today’s Railways in 1984.

The train was named on 15 May 2011 at Sheffield Railway Station, by Peter's widow Doreen. See www.platform5.com for more details about the publications.

  •  HST power car 43484

Hart of the North

Hart Of The North

The Hart of the North train was named following Grand Central’s ‘Name Our Train’ competition in the Hartlepool Mail.  Jack Sharp, 15, from Hartlepool came up with the name which he said “showed the warmth of the people in Hartlepool.”

The train was named on 24 October 2010 at London Kings Cross Railway Station by Jack Sharp and his family.

You can find out more about the competition on the Hartlepool Mail’s website.

Plan your visit to Hartlepool and the North East coast

  •  Class 180, number 180107

James Herriot

James Herriot

The James Herriot train is named after the famous North Yorkshire vet and author. The special train was officially named by Jim Wight and Rosie Page, son and daughter of Alf Wight, the vet and author who created James Herriot. Herriot country and the towns of Thirsk and Northallerton are so important to Grand Central and the passengers who use our trains to visit the area.

The naming builds on the partnership between Grand Central Railway and the World of James Herriot and the Herriot Country Attractions Group, who bring many thousands of visitors into the beautiful parts of Yorkshire around Thirsk. If you show your Grand Central ticket you’ll be able to get 2 for 1 tickets when you visit The World of James Herriot, Thirsk.

The train was named on 29 July 2009 at London Kings Cross Railway Station. To find out more, plan your visit or buy the books, visit www.worldofjamesherriot.org

  • Class 180, number 180112

Valenta 1972 – 2010

Until 2010, part of Grand Central's fleet of trains included the last functioning Paxman Valenta fitted power car. The engine and power car was named on 22nd December 2010 at London Kings Cross Railway Station. 
The power unit has since been retired, but the train – with a new engine – continues as part of our fleet.

  • HST power car 43423