Virgin MKIV

Virgin Trains East Coast/LNER MKIV Interior Refurbishment and Technical Modifications

Virgin MKIVScope: 270 x MKIV Vehicles

Customer: Virgin Trains East Coast

As part of Virgin Trains Project 21, Yellow Rail were awarded the contract to complete the MKIV Interior Refresh scope of works at Bounds Green depot.

Working from a specially erected platform, to allow the work to be completed in the home depot, Yellow Rail deployed a team of 45 experienced artisans.

Each 9 car-set refurbishment was completed over a 10-working day period.  Shift patterns included dayshift, nightshift and weekend working as dictated by the weekly / daily planning process to accommodate depot constraints, unit availability and modifications required by set.

Work scope summary – Interior Refurbishment:

  • Complete strip-out of saloon and vestibule area
  • Complete strip-out of toilets
  • Strip down and repair of seats
  • Re-fit of new seat cushions
  • Removal of current flooring in saloon / vestibule and toilet
  • Repair and preparation of flooring in saloon / vestibule and toilet
  • Installation of MET 25 Lino in toilet area
  • Installation of carpets in saloon and vestibule area
  • Powder Coating and Wet Paint
  • Re-fitment of refinished items
  • Fitment of new bodyside panels
  • Fitment of new power sockets
  • Replacement of ceiling lights (Standard)
  • Fitment of new mood lighting (First Class)
  • Door Sounder Install
  • UAT Toilet Modifications
  • Disabled Ramp Door Removal and Re-fit
  • Full toilet re-fit including toilet and vanity until
  • Deep Clean


As part of the project delivery scope, Yellow Rail provided:

  • Dedicated Engineering and Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Procurement and Product Supply
  • Production Management and Planning
  • Risk Assessment and Preparation of Vehicle Modification Instructions
  • Health, Safety & Environmental Management
  • Logistics


In addition to undertaking the MKIV interior refresh scope of works, the contract was extended to include a package of electrical and mechanical technical modifications across the fleet.

“To deliver our Mk4 refresh and reliability projects we needed help and expertise – Yellow Rail were able to provide not only the skilled labour to undertake the work but also planning, material supply and logistics solutions. Continuous improvement throughout the project ensured that it was completed safely, ahead of time and to the agreed budget. We have found Yellow Rail to be professional, helpful, adaptable and flexible in the operating depot environment and this has led us to continuing the relationship on other fleet modification projects.”

John Doughty, Engineering Director Virgin Trains East Coast

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