LNER repaints entire Class 91/Mk 4 fleet

LNER No 91127 stands outside the paint shop at Wabtec Doncaster in its new livery.

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is repainting its Class 91 and Mk 4 fleet in a new colour scheme based on the InterCity livery carried at their introduction.

The first set to be completed is formed of 91127 and Mk 4 rake NL17. The colour scheme features LNER’s colours of red, oxblood, grey and white along with its logo, bringing a new look to the trains while also, the company says, giving a nod to their past. 

The repainting work is being undertaken at Wabtec’s Doncaster Works, with more vehicles being treated as they are brought in for maintenance over the coming months.

LNER Director of Engineering John Doughty said: “The new livery is not only essential for the upkeep of the fleet but also brings it into the LNER family. It is the first time in many years that the fleet has been fully repainted. The livery was inspired in part by the popularity of the original InterCity 225 design, and we’ve kept the sharp lines and red and white stripes famously associated with the trains which have a place in the hearts of many people.”

The East Coast main line operator runs 12 Class 91s – Nos 91101 Flying Scotsman, 91105-6, 91107 Skyfall, 91109 Sir Bobby Robson, 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, 91111 For the Fallen, 91114 Durham Cathedral, 91119 Bounds Green Intercity Depot 1977-2017, 91124, 91127 and 91130 Lord Mayor of Newcastle. It also operates eight sets of Mk 4s, which run between London King’s Cross, Leeds and York.

Special liveries on Nos 91110, 91111 and 91119 are being retained as part the programme.