Hull Executive

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Hull Executive
Service type Passenger train
Predecessor The Hull Pullman
First service 8 May 1978
Last service 31 March 2015
Former operator(s) East Coast
National Express East Coast
InterCity East Coast
British Rail
Start London King's Cross
End Hull
Service frequency Daily
Line used East Coast
Rolling stock InterCity 125
Operating speed 125 mph
Hull Executive route map
London King's Cross

The Hull Executive is a named British passenger train operated by Virgin Trains East Coast. It ran daily in each direction between London King's Cross and Hull via the East Coast Main Line. It was operated by diesel-powered InterCity 125 High Speed Trains.


The service was introduced on 8 May 1978 by British Rail, replacing the previous The Hull Pullman. At first the service was operated by Class 55 Deltic locomotives hauling Mark 2 carriages. These were replaced by High Speed Trains in January 1981 by which time the Hull Executive was Hull's only through train to London.[1][2]

The name was used for a morning service to London returning in the evening. It called at Brough and Selby as well as certain stations on the East Coast Main Line from Doncaster southwards. Prior to 2000, it was routed via Goole instead of Selby.[3]

In 2001, Hull Trains began operating services on the same route and today operates seven return services.[4]

The name was still being shown in East Coast timetables up until its cessation in March 2015, but was quietly dropped by Virgin Trains East Coast upon it taking over the InterCity East Coast franchise in April 2015.[5][6] The service now runs without a name.


  1. ^ "In brief" Railway Gazette International January 1981 page 24
  2. ^ "The Titled Trains of Britain" The Railway Magazine issue 1327 November 2011 page 37
  3. ^ "GNER to revive Selby-London service" The Railway Magazine issue 1187 March 2000 page 12
  4. ^ Our Timetables Hull Trains
  5. ^ Timetable 14 December 2014 East Coast
  6. ^ Timetable 1 April 2015 Virgin Trains East Coast