The new timetable was introduced to coincide with the introduction of the new Voyager and SuperVoyager fleet and to create a network with shorter trains running more frequently. However the new fleet suffered from a number of technical faults which, coupled with infrastructure and capacity issues, led to endless problems for Virgin. Between September 2002 and January 2003 punctuality fell to 54.1%!
The "new" destinations were then removed from the network and, eventually at the end of Virgin's tenure, the franchise was nationalised.
Tomorrow, fbb looks at taking such a potentially terrifying journey nearly 110 years ago, and on Monday, will report on the success (or otherwise!) of his party's journey today.
One further delight, were you to be at Abbeyfields during July and August, would be a view of the Scarborough Spa Express (steam hauled) as it chugs into (or out of) York Station. Web site (here).