ScotRail customers raise more than £4,000 on farewell tour

Last updated: Monday, 23 December 2019

ScotRail customers helped raise more than £4,000 for charity during a special train journey last week.

The train operator arranged the farewell tour for its fleet of Class 314 trains on Wednesday, 18 December in aid of its charity partner, MND Scotland.

More than 300 people came along to travel on the tour around Strathclyde, and say goodbye to the trains which had served Scotland’s Railway the past 40 years.

Throughout the day, ScotRail asked passengers for donations to MND Scotland, with commemorative pin badges, tickets and timetables also available in exchange for donations to the charity.

The final fundraising total was £4,192.66, which included £500 from the North Lanarkshire Schools Pipe Band, who generously donated their fee for performing on the day.

ScotRail’s withdrawal of its Class 314 trains, which served Scotland’s Railway for 40 years, was made possible by the introduction of a fleet brand-new electric trains.

The state-of-the-art Hitachi Class 385 trains are part of ScotRail’s £475 million rolling stock investment, and offer customers bright, modern and spacious carriages with free WiFi.

Sophie Nightingale, ScotRail Community Investment Manager, said:

“It’s fantastic to have raised more than £4,000 for MND Scotland. The generosity shown by our customers is overwhelming.

“Our fleet of Class 314s served Scotland’s Railway well for the past 40 years, and last week’s tour was a fitting send off.”

Morag McGown, MND Scotland’s Corporate Partnerships Manager, said:

“We had a great day and were honoured to be part of this special tour, and I’d like to say a huge thank you to the customers and staff who contributed to this incredible total.

“All funds raised will go towards helping families in Scotland who are affected by Motor Neurone Disease, and help us on our journey to find a cure.”