ScotRail has defended its decision to introduce 40-year-old high speed trains as it emerged one of the locomotives due to join their fleet caught fire in Devon. The fire broke out just hours before the ScotRail Alliance unveiled the first of 26 Intercity 125 high speed trains which are due to join their fleet next year. The fleet, which is currently owned by Great Western Rail, will undergo a multi-million pound refurbishment to improve services, capacity and journey times. One of the high speed trains, which were built in the late 1970s and early 1980s, caught fire at a depot in Exeter, Devon around 5am on Thursday. The train was empty at the time of the blaze, which broke out in the engine compartment.
ScotRail unveiled new livery hours after a train from the same fleet caught fire.