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Virgin Trains ‘wrap’ brings X-Men to life

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X-Men superheroes have been brought to life on one of Virgin Trains’ Class 390 Pendolinos to celebrate the launch of the latest blockbuster in the series, Days of Future Past.

The striking graphic wrap was created using 3M film and unveiled at a star-studded launch at London’s Euston station attended by two of the films iconic characters, Wolverine, played by Hugh Jackman, and Professor X, played by James McAvoy.

This, together with footage showing the graphic wrap being designed and manufactured by rail livery specialists Stewart Signs, was captured on video and is available to view on YouTube.

Stewart Signs manufactured the wrap using rail compliant, printable 3M Controltac Graphic Film VHRIJ160 with clearcoat protection from 3M and its team of highly trained livery applicators then took 160 hours to meticulously wrap each carriage with crisp, digitally-printed images of X-Men: Days of Future Past characters.

The 3M film, as well as all enamel inks and engineering processes used to create the wrap, have been designed and tested according to rail industry standards. Stewart Signs chose 3M Controltac Graphic Film for its large installation suitability, adhesive performance and long-term graphic durability.

Adrian Varma, Partnerships and Regions Manager at Virgin Trains, commented: "We're always looking for different ways to bring the Virgin Trains’ experience to life for our customers. Partnerships are all about creating an immersive experience and we hope the newly refurbished X-Men train will do this for our customers and help to create excitement around the film."

For more information about graphic solutions for the rail industry, please visit the 3M website.

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