ITV News can exclusively reveal the final designs of a new generation of InterCity trains soon to take to the tracks in the region.
It was 'Thunderbirds to the rescue' overnight as hundreds of passengers were stranded on an Edinburgh-bound train battered by winds.
East Coast Trains have resumed a limited service between York and Darlington, and an amended timetable between Newcastle and Edinburgh.
Passengers on an East Coast train near Durham say have been stuck on board without heating or lighting for more than five hours after the train's pantograph was blown off by high winds:
Stranded on the #eastcoast train just short of durham - no heating or lighting!
They're rationing biscuits and water - but free wifi. Good to know that #eastcoast have their priorities in order!
Despite having been stuck on this train for 5 hours now, we're still in good spirits :) #eastcoast
Thousands of rail passengers were left stranded on trains after wind and rain wrought havoc with services.
Stuck! Stuck on a wobbling train in the middle of a storm! Freezing! starving! wet foot! Send help!
Been stuck on an @virgintrains service to London N of Lichfield. All train staff have been brilliant even when the train had no power!!!
On a train near Doncaster heading for London , tree has come down right in front of it , nobody hurt , stuck for a bit, got some chocolate
The evening rush-hour suffered disruption almost throughout the country, with a section of the West Coast main line in Lancashire closing between 7pm and 9pm.
East Coast is reporting problems on its journeys between the North East and London.
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Passengers hoping to board a Virgin Train today have been told to "abandon" their travel plans. In a series of tweets Virgin said customers already travelling would be left at the nearest station.
NEW: ALL CUSTOMERS TO ABANDON TRAVEL #UKSTORM
UPDATE: We are advising all customers not to attempt to travel. Customers already on services will be taken to the nearest station.
Transport Minister Stephen Hammond and shadow secretary Mary Creagh speak as the process of privatising the East Coast Mainline begins today.
Unions have objected strongly to the proposals and more than 23,000 people signed a petition against the plans.
The process of re-privatising the East Coast Mainline begins today.
Companies will be invited to bid for the franchise to run the train service, which is currently owned by the government.
Labour argues it should remain nationalised.
There is disruption on East Coast train services between Newcastle and Kings Cross, and on Grand Central train services between Sunderland Kings Cross, due to overhead line problems at Retford.
Tickets are being accepted on Transpennine Express, East Midlands Trains, Cross Country and Virgin services.
All lines are currently affected and some services may be delayed by up to two hours or affected by diversions.
The disruption is expected to continue through to the evening peak time.
The Bishop of Newcastle, the Rt Reverend Martin Wharton, has told ITV News that he think it is "very appropriate" that East Coast have named a train after Durham Cathedral - and particularly during a summer when it will be on show to thousands of visitors.