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VIDEO: Enjoy an Azuma train driver's view of from the strath to capital at super high speed

By Gavin Musgrove

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LNER has issued footage of the view from the cabin of one of their new Azuma services from the strath and southwards.

The video starts just north of Aviemore and one of the first major eye-catching sights is the new Badenoch and Strathspey Community Hospital taking shape at Dalfaber.

The clip offers a train driver’s eye view along part of the Highland Chieftain service which connects the strath with the Central Belt, North East of England and London once a day.

In all it takes just seven minutes to reach Edinburgh from the strath – quite a bit quicker than the real journey itself even following the introduction of the state of the art Azuma train.

A LNER spokeswoman said: "Over the past few weeks, we have been releasing a different journey each week on the LNER YouTube channel.

"It is the first time the films have been shared in their entirety with our social media audiences who have once again helped select this latest film by taking part in an online poll."

Other routes featured on the LNER YouTube channel include London King’s Cross to Leeds, Leeds to Harrogate, Edinburgh to Newcastle and Edinburgh to London King’s Cross.

The Azuma waits at Kingussie (library)
The Azuma waits at Kingussie (library)

The new Azuma train service started between Inverness and London King’s Cross just before Christmas.

LNER managing director David Horne said the new trains would transform travel between the Highlands and London for the more than 50,000 travellers who use the service each year and would open up new economic opportunities.

He said the Azuma would be much smoother to travel on and have more seats – important because the number of passengers travelling on the route has more than doubled in the last 20 years.

The trains offer hybrid technology using electric to help lower carbon emissions.

Other new features include plug sockets and window blinds at every seat, and enhanced wi-fi with free connectivity.

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