Approaching midnight on Friday 20th April, the very first Virgin Azuma train came into Harrogate Station – marking the countdown towards the promised two-hourly service between Harrogate and London Kings Cross due to commence in May 2019.
The train came specifically to check how well it fitted against the platforms. It appeared to fit comfortably within the overall length of the platform and beneath the platform canopy. The gap between the doors and the platform edge appeared to be closer than the existing Class 43 HST trains. It successfully switched from Platform 1 to Platform 3 and went on to Skipton