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The East Coast Main Line is a 393-mile long railway link between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster, Wakefield, Leeds, York, Darlington and Newcastle, electrified along the whole route. Services north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness use diesel trains. The main franchise on the line is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast.

East Coast Main Line
VTEC Intercity 225 set at King's Cross 2.jpg
An InterCity 225 train on the East Coast Main Line approaching King's Cross.
Overview
Type Commuter rail, Inter-city rail
Heavy rail
System National Rail
Status Operational
Locale Greater London
East of England
East Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber
North East England
Scottish Borders
Central Scotland
Termini London King's Cross
51°31′53″N 0°07′24″W / 51.5314°N 0.1234°W / 51.5314; -0.1234 ()
Edinburgh Waverley
55°57′08″N 3°11′20″W / 55.9522°N 3.1889°W / 55.9522; -3.1889 ()
Stations 52
Operation
Opened 1850
Owner Network Rail
Operator(s) Virgin Trains East Coast
Great Northern
Hull Trains
East Midlands Trains
CrossCountry
TransPennine Express
Northern
Abellio ScotRail
Grand Central
DB Schenker
GB Railfreight
Freightliner
Direct Rail Services
Character Primary
Depot(s) Hornsey
Bounds Green
Neville Hill
Heaton
Haymarket
Rolling stock Class 43 "HST"
Class 91 "InterCity 225"
Class 142 "Pacer"
Class 144 "Pacer"
Class 153 "Super Sprinter"
Class 156 "Super Sprinter"
Class 158 "Express Sprinter"
Class 170 "Turbostar"
Class 180 "Adelante"
Class 185 "Pennine"
Class 220 "Voyager"
Class 221 "Super Voyager"
Class 222 "Meridian"
Class 313
Class 317
Class 321
Class 325
Class 365 "Networker Express"
Class 387 "Electrostar"
Technical
Line length 393 miles (632 km)
Number of tracks Double track and Quadruple track
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 2 in) standard gauge
Loading gauge W9 (via Hertford Loop)
Route availability RA 7-9, RA 10 in parts between Selby and York
Electrification Mk 3a/b/d 25kV 50Hz AC OHLE
Operating speed 125 mph (200 km/h) maximum
East Coast Main Line
Legend
Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line, Fife Circle Line,
Edinburgh to Dunblane Line,
North Berwick Line,
North Clyde Line, Shotts Line,
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
& Glasgow to Edinburgh via Carstairs Line
Edinburgh Waverley
Borders Railway
Musselburgh
Wallyford
Prestonpans
Longniddry
Drem
North Berwick Line
Dunbar
Scotland
England
Berwick-upon-Tweed
Chathill
Alnmouth
Acklington
Widdrington
Pegswood
Morpeth
Cramlington
Manors Tyne and Wear Metro
Durham Coast Line
Newcastle Central Tyne and Wear Metro
Tyne Valley Line
Chester-le-Street
Durham
Tees Valley Line
Darlington
Tees Valley Line
Heritage railway to Wensleydale Railway
Northallerton to Eaglescliffe Line
Northallerton
Thirsk
Harrogate Line
York to Scarborough Line
York