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RAILWAY MAGAZINE CELEBRATES WINNING PARTNERSHIP WITH VIRGIN

Railway Magazine is celebrating a new train speed record this evening - following the fastest journey ever, non-stop, from Glasgow to London on the West Coast Main Line. Virgin Trains today achieved the new record on the 401-mile route with a non-stop journey time of three hours and 55 minutes - an impressive average speed of 102.5 mph - beating the previous verified southbound speed record of four hours and 14 minutes set by British Rail's Advanced Passenger Train in the 1980s. The record was set by the 12:37 special Pendolino, which arrived at Euston station at 16:32 and was filled with over 400 Railway Magazine readers who all bought tickets for the train following a reader offer in the September issue of the magazine. All ticket monies raised are being donated to the Heaven's Angels campaign, which provides specially adapted motorbikes to deliver healthcare to remote parts of Africa, where tracks are impassable for cars. One health worker and a motorbike costing £5,000 can help save 20,000 lives a year. Virgin Trains' Chairman Sir Richard Branson says: "This record run has demonstrated the real potential of the upgrading of the West Coast Main Line and the state-of-the-art Virgin Pendolino trains. It has also raised over £30,000 for Heaven's Angels and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the Heaven's Angels campaign - Virgin Trains' staff, the staff and readers of Railway Magazine who promoted the train and our partners at Network Rail and ALSTOM for all helping us to achieve a new Glasgow to London speed record." Railway Magazine will be reporting on the speed run in its November issue (on-sale 4th October 2006). Railway Magazine will also be producing a DVD containing exclusive footage of the journey which will be covermounted free with its December issue (on-sale 1st November). - ends - Railway Magazine - launched in 1897 - is a clear and trusted voice of the railway community, covering all aspects of the scene from steam through to modern rail developments. For further information contact Anna Gawan, press officer, IPC Media on 020 7261 6575 or email anna_gawan@ipcmedia.com