First look inside ScotRail’s active travel carriages

Thursday, 22 October 2020

ScotRail has unveiled the interior design for its first active travel carriage, designated for carrying bikes and large sporting equipment, as the first train nears completion.

Five Class 153 trains are being transformed to carry up to 20 bikes to enhance existing ScotRail services on the West Highland Line initially, providing custom designed racks to accommodate bikes, sporting equipment and large items of luggage as well as more seats for customers.

The redesigned carriage boasts space for tandem cycles, and an e-bike charging socket - a first for a train in the UK.

Modified by Brodie Engineering in Kilmarnock, forming part of the firm’s expansion plans, the finishing touches to the first carriage are now being applied.

The train has received a full interior and exterior refresh including installation of free WiFi, at seat power sockets and a refurbished toilet with controlled emission toilet (CET) tank.

ScotRail’s active travel carriages will also support winter sports in Scotland during the winter months, accommodating large bulky items such as ski bags and rucksacks.

Earlier this year, ScotRail released images of the exterior livery of the train, designed by Scottish artist, Peter McDermott.

The eye-catching livery depicts typical Highland scenery along with some of the best-known visible landmarks along the West Highland Line, including the Glenfinnan monument and viaduct, Skye Cuillin mountain range, Ben Lomond, and the castle on Loch Awe.

The first train will enter service once staff can be safely trained on the carriages.

Tom Smith, ScotRail Project Manager, said:

“It’s fantastic to see our first active travel carriage nearly complete, and I’m thrilled to be able to share the interior design.

“We’re living in uncertain times, but when these carriages are eventually introduced, it will be a welcome boost for cyclists and those in search of outdoor pursuits along Scotland’s most scenic railways.”

Hilary Cameron, Transport Scotland’s Head of Rail Franchise Unit, said:

“It’s great to see the designs for these trains come to life and I am really looking forward to their completion.

“When they are introduced into service they will offer a welcome boost for active travel and cycling tourism. This is a good news story while we continue to live in uncertain times.”