- HSTs will be retiring in May 2021, after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line
- Record breaking Power car repainted in its legacy colours
- The Power Car will be preserved by the National Railway Museum in York
East Midlands Railway and Porterbrook are paying tribute to the iconic HSTs by painting power car 43302 into the Intercity Swallow livery and reinstating its original number 43102.
Operated by East Midlands Railway (EMR) and owned by Porterbrook these much-loved trains will be retiring after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line, making way for newer fleets to join EMR in time for the May 2021 timetable change.
Power Car 43102 famously broke the Intercity World Speed Record in November 1987 when it reached 148.5mph between Northallerton and York during a test a run. Although it was formally renumbered to 43302 by its previous operator, today it regains its original number 43102 and the livery it carried when it broke the record.
To this day the HST remains an iconic piece of British engineering and a much-loved part of the railway while continuing to serve passengers on the Midland Main Line. It remains a true testament to TCB Miller and his design team at the BR Railway Technical Centre in Derby, who took the train from concept to working prototype in 2 years.
Upon its retirement in May, after 43 years’ service, this Power Car will be donated by Porterbrook to the National Railway Museum in York, joining power car 43002 which carries the name ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’.
Neil Bamford, Fleet Director for EMR said: “The team at our Neville Hill depot in Leeds have been working hard behind the scenes to strip unit 43302 of its current livery, repaint it in its legacy colours and reinstate its original number in homage to the ‘end of the HST’ era.”
“What an incredible way to pay tribute to the HSTs and the magnificent efforts from all our staff, who have operated and maintained the fleet over the years.
“I personally remember as a 19-year-old, way back in 1980, going on HST commissioning runs from Derby to Darlington, putting the trains through their paces and doing various tests before they entered into service, such happy memories.
“This is a fitting way to recognise the end for this iconic machine; a massive slice of railway heritage and history.”
Neil Foster, Fleet Services Director for Porterbrook said: “EMR and Porterbrook have worked closely together for many years to collaboratively manage the iconic HST fleet, these trains are much loved by the millions of passengers they have carried over the decades.
“Today’s event was a great way to mark the role played by HSTs in transforming the Midland Main Line into one of Britain’s premier rail routes. With their reputation for comfort and speed these icons of British engineering re-invigorated rail travel between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London.
“Celebrity power-car 43102 will proudly display its original livery whilst it continues to serve EMR passengers, before undertaking its next journey to a new home at the National Railway Museum to be reunited with Sir Kenneth Grange.”
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- East Midlands Railway provides intercity and regional train services across England
- EMR Intercity operates to and from London St Pancras International, providing reliable and frequent services to Leicester, Nottingham, Lincoln, Derby and Sheffield and other towns and communities across the East Midlands.
- EMR Regional provides local train services to towns and communities across England, including; Liverpool, Manchester, Crewe, Stoke-on-Trent, Peterborough, Ely, Grantham and Norwich
- Over the next eight years, East Midlands Railway will deliver over £600 million of improvements for passengers across the network, including brand new bi-mode intercity trains between the East Midlands, the North and London as well as the introduction of faster, modern, refurbished trains across the rest of the network.
- This investment will also see transformed stations, improved ticketing, better accessibility, new and improved timetables and more support for local communities
Abellio UK is one of Britain’s largest transport operators, providing services for more than a million rail and bus passengers daily in England and Scotland.
It operates five franchises – ScotRail, MerseyRail (jointly with Serco), East Midlands Railway, West Midlands Trains (including London Northwestern Railway) and Greater Anglia. One in five of UK rail passengers travel on an Abellio service.
Abellio also operates on 52 bus routes in London, eight per cent of the market in the capital, and will soon add to its 700-strong fleet with new electric buses.
A subsidiary of the Dutch state railway, Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Abellio UK employs 16,000 colleagues and it is committed to providing simple, reliable and sustainable journeys.
Having entered the UK rail market in 2003, Abellio is investing £3bn in new fleets right across the UK.