The Pendolino high-speed train was approaching its 15th anniversary since launching into operation on the west coast mainline in the UK.
Alstom, the train manufacturer wanted to celebrate the impact the train has had during that period. Looking at not only the views of the travelling public but that on the broader business and local economic impacts between London and North West hubs of Manchester and Liverpool where the effects have been most felt.
The client wanted to not only look at the impact but also towards the future potential of the train as it goes through its mid-life maintenance program.
In order to show a full picture of the impact and success of the Pendolino train, we filmed over multiple days and locations.
Starting at their maintenance facility in Widness, we were able to capture not only the technical overhaul of the train but also the apprentices who are being given opportunities to develop engineering skills on this advanced train – taking the story beyond the travelling public and into real-world economic and social impact.
We then took the story to the cities of Liverpool and Manchester to see how the improved rail links have given rise to business growth in the regional hubs, thanks to improved connections with the capital.