In June 1862 the three companies that operated on the East Coast route (the Great Northern Railway, the North Eastern and the North British) shared the cost of new coaches for the route from London to Edinburgh. The result was that from June 1862 a new service began using these coaches. It departed from London Kings Cross going north and from Edinburgh going south, simultaneously at 10am, passing each other roughly half-way. The train service was referred to as the 'Special Scotch Express' by Bradshaw's guide but up and down the line railwaymen, rail users and railway enthusiasts began to refer to it as the 'Scotch Express', the 'Scotchman' or, the 'Flying Scotchman'. Read more about the route and the 'Race to the North'.