ScotRail Inter7City (UK)

For more than 40 years the InterCity 125 train has been a highly regarded icon of UK transport, which is why ScotRail made the smart decision to acquire some of these trains when they were released from service by English train operators.

They have retained their sleek shape, but externally they have been given a new livery which echoes their new role of providing the premium ScotRail services to and from Scotland’s seven cities – Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Perth and Stirling – hence the Inter7City branding.

These Inter7City trains are now used by ScotRail to provide many of the services on these routes:

(1) Edinburgh – Kirkcaldy – Leuchars (for St Andrews) – Dundee – Arbroath – Montrose – Stonehaven – Aberdeen
(2) Edinburgh – Kirkcaldy – Perth – Pitlochry – Aviemore – Inverness
(3) Glasgow Queen St – Stirling – Perth - Dundee – Arbroath – Montrose – Stonehaven – Aberdeen
(4) Glasgow Queen St – Stirling – Perth - Pitlochry – Aviemore – Inverness
(5) Aberdeen – Elgin – Inverness

Internally ScotRail has revamped these trains so that they’re worthy of 21st century rail travel, one particularly noteworthy improvement is that they now have power operated doors – the InterCity 125 trains still in use in England betray their age, by only having door handles on the outside of the train.

Other newly added features include more space for luggage, updated Wi-fi and bike racks (in a clearly marked part of the train, which isn’t hard to find as these trains only have four or five coaches).

Bike spaces must be reserved in advance of boarding.

More space has been provided between the seats and the table seats line up the windows, so they are worth targeting if you want to make the most of the stunning scenery – which can be experienced on most of the journeys by these trains.
All the First Class seats are table seats.

A catering trolley with hot/cold drinks, snacks and sandwiches available will be taken through the train, so both First and Standard Class travellers will receive an at-seat catering service.
A more extensive menu including hot food is available on most departures from the buffet/café bar.
First Class ticket holders will be given a complimentary hot/cold drink and some Scottish shortbread – guaranteed to enhance any journey.

Seat reservations are usually available on any journey by ScotRail's Inter7City trains and are typically automatically assigned when booking Advance Tickets, but this system has had to be temporarily suspended due to the pandemic.

The most pertinent information on the ScotRail Covid 19 information page is as follows:

'While we continue to move through the various stages of lockdown restrictions easing, ScotRail is not able to offer customers an allocated seat on reservable services.

This is only a temporary measure and we plan to reintroduce allocated seats as soon as we can do so safely. In the meantime, we are asking customers to take personal responsibility and maintain a safe physical distance from each other when making necessary journeys'.

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