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Luxury-class cabins, showers, televisions and gourmet dining are just some of the add-ons expected to be considered by bidders hoping to operate the Anglo-Scottish Caledonian sleeper service from 2015.

Potential operators have been told by Transport Scotland that the service must be like Scotland on wheels, an invitation to the country and more than just a train service. The 15-year franchise and £100m of investment will boost the service which at one time was threatened with closure.

Potential bidders will need to lodge their interest in running the service by April. These are expected to include Abellio, Virgin and Serco.

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