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Our trains

Grand Central's Adelante fleet

Grand Central operates an all-Adelante fleet, with our Class 180 trains receiving extensive refurbishment and updates to improve passenger comfort.

As part of our 2018 refurbishments, all of our trains feature:

  • A full interior and exterior refresh.
  • Reupholstering of all Standard class seating to include leader edging and new fabric.
  • An updated company logo reflecting our membership of the Arriva family.
  • Catering equipment upgrades to improve performance and reliability.

Additionally, passengers continue to enjoy free Wi-Fi, spacious seating and excellent customer service on all of our trains.

To ensure accessibility information about our trains is readily available and up-to-date, we publish a summary of general accessibility information for our different train types, and the routes they're normally scheduled to run on. From staff assistance and boarding ramps to wheelchair accessible toilets and priority seating, you can find out more about the accessibility of our trains here (PDF). Should you require assistance when travelling with Grand Central, you can find out how you can arrange this by viewing our accessible travel information.

Named trains

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

  • Train type - Class 180, number 180105
  • Named - 20 October 2011 at Bradford Interchange Railway Station by Ashley Jackson. His works and influence can be found at ashley-jackson.co.uk

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.


Hart of the North

  • Train type - Class 180, number 180107
  • Named - 24 October 2010 at London Kings Cross Railway Station by Jack Sharp and his family as part of a competition by the Hartlepool Mail.

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."

Plan your visit to Hartlepool and the North East coast


James Herriot

  • Train type - Class 180, number 180112
  • Named - 29 July 2009 at London Kings Cross Railway Station. To find out more, plan your visit or buy the books, visit worldofjamesherriot.org

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.

Get 2 for 1 tickets when you visit The World of James Herriot, Thirsk.


William Shakespeare

  • Train type - Class 180, number 180108
  • Named - May 3 2018 at London Kings Cross Railway Station

The William Shakespeare is the first of Grand Central's refurbished Adelante trains, and was named for The Bard as part of Grand Central's partnership with Shakespeare's Rose Theatre in York.