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Abellio ScotRail

Artist impression of new ScotRail HST sets

Abellio ScotRail will receive nine 4-carriage and 17 5-carriage trainsets from 2018 from Great Western Railway for use on longer-distance services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness.

The first set, which included power cars 43021 and 43132, was delivered to ScotRail on 1st September 2017. The set was transferred to Aberdeen Clayhills on 10th September for the start of driver training.

The power cars will be refurbished at Brush Loughbourgh, while the coaches being refurbished at Wabtec Doncaster. The first refurbished set is due in February 2018, with a full fleet in service by December 2018.

Virgin Trains East Coast

Virgin Trains East Coast operate a fleet of HSTs along the ECML from London to Edinburgh and Aberdeen or Inverness.

Virgin Trains East Coast red livery with white stripe (VT)

#L for Lewis » 43239 on the rear of the 14.30 Edinburgh to Kings Cross leaving Waverley on 13/03/2016 Photo by PIERSHILL2001
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East Coast HST Power car fleet

Original no.
New no.
Livery
Engine
Name
Admitted
Released
In service
43006
43206
VT
MTU
24th October 2007
9th January 2008
11th January 2008
43008
43208
VT
MTU
Lincolnshire Echo
17th July 2007
1st October 2007
20th October 2007
43038
43238
VT
MTU
28th June 2007
29th August 2007
1st October 2007
43039
43239
VT
MTU
17th April 2008
26th June 2008
27th June 2008
43051
43251
VT
MTU
4th December 2008
18th March 2009
19th March 2009
43057
43257
VT
MTU
13th August 2008
10th December 2008
10th December 2008
43077
43277
VT
MTU
26th June 2008
14th October 2008
14th October 2008
43090
43290
VT
MTU
MTU Facination of Power
23rd March 2006
15th December 2006
27th December 2006
43095
43295
VT
MTU
14th October 2008
17th December 2008
17th December 2008
43096
43296
VT
MTU
15th May 2007
17th July 2007
21st July 2007
43099
43299
VT
MTU
9th April 2008
26th June 2008
27th June 2008
43100
43300
VT
MTU
Craigentinny
23rd March 2006
1st December 2006
7th December 2006
43102
43302
VT
MTU
9th January 2008
11th April 2008
12th April 2008
43105
43305
VT
MTU
11th June 2008
13th August 2008
15th August 2008
43106
43306
VT
MTU
9th January 2007
12th March 2007*
3rd May 2007
43107
43307
VT
MTU
10th March 2008
9th June 2008
9th June 2008:
43108
43308
VT
MTU
Highland Chieftan
7th November 2008
12th February 2009
12th February 2009
43109
43309
VT
MTU
24th April 2007
28th June 2007
3rd July 2007
43110
43310
VT
MTU
4th December 2008
18th March 2009
19th March 2009
43111
43311
EC
MTU
26th June 2008
3rd September 2008
3rd September 2008
43112
43312
VT
MTU
9th January 2008
18th March 2008
19th March 2008
43113
43313
VT
MTU
1st October 2007
30th November 2007
6th December 2007
43114
43314
VT
MTU
30th November 2006
16th February 2007
21st February 2007
43115
43315
VT
MTU
30th November 2007
6th February 2008
14th February 2008
43116
43316
VT
MTU
29th August 2007
30th October 2007
31st October 2007
43117
43317
VT
MTU
6th February 2008
17th April 2008
17th April 2008
43118
43318
VT
MTU
12th March 2007
15th May 2007
30th May 2007
43119
43319
VT
MTU
28th August 2008
7th November 2008
7th November 2008
43120
43320
VT
MTU
23rd October 2006
9th January 2007
11th January 2007
43167
43367
VT
MTU
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15th February 2007
24th April 2007
2nd May 2007::

Notes
  • Liveries: GR: GNER dark blue with red stripe. GN: GNER dark blue with white stripe (National Express branding). NX: National Express livery Silver-Grey and White. _EC_: East Coast branding on NX livery.
  • $ Bodyside advert: 43367 Online booking.
  • Most of the named power cars have vinyl lettering on the bodyside at waist level, originally gold on dark blue (43006/095/296/110 featured smaller size gold lettering), but now black on the white stripe.
  • Power cars 43290, 43300 and 43367 have cast nameplates towards the non-cab end.
  • The Admitted date is when the Power car arrived at Brush Loughborough for MTU fitment, the Released date is when it departed from Brush for tests and the In Service date is when it entered service.
  • Current procedure for the MTU fitment is when a power car is released back to NXEC another one enters the works for the MTU engine to be fitted.
  • MTU power car 43306 was released on 12th March 2007 from Brush Loughborough and returned to Neville Hill for testing, during testing several faults were found with the power car and it returned to Brush Loughborugh for repairs it was re released on 20th April 2007

East Coast HST Formations

SetLivery B (TGS) C (TS) D (TS) E (TS) F (TS-D) G TSJ (TRFB) L (TF) M (TF)
EC51 NX 44094 42154 42150 42146 42091 42215 40748 41150 41120
EC52 NX 44019 42059 42058 42057 42189 42323 40704 41040 41039
EC53 NX 44045 42065 42064 42063 42127 42340 40737 41044 41090
EC54 NX 44056 42219 42172 42171 42161 42104 40706 41088 41087
EC55 NX 44058 42106 42181 42180 42188 42179 40705 41092 41091
EC56 NX 44098 42244 42243 42242 42363 42241 40720 41118 41170
EC57 NX 44080 42190 42186 42182 42128 42226 40740 41152 41151
EC58 NX 44061 42193 42192 42191 42158 42238 40708 41098 41097
EC59 NX 44077 42199 42198 42354 42239 42235 40750 41100 41190
EC60 NX 44031 42355 42134 42357 42116 42122 40742 41164 41066
EC61 NX 44057 42110 42109 42160 42159 42117 40702 41165 41115
EC62 NX 44075 42307 42237 42330 42326 42306 40701 41095 41185
EC63 NX 44050 42322 42130 42228 42286 42163 40735 41083 41159
EC64 EMT 44073 42210 42205 42123 42335 42125 40711 41154 41062
Spares 44063 42240 40732 41099 41162
!!!Notes
  • The coaches are undergoing a refurbishment programme to make the interiors the same standard the refurbished Mk4s. The first set, EC61, was released in March 2007. The programme was completed in October 2009.

  • Formations may change due to daily requirements and maintenance schedules

  • The EMT set has a different interior with the older BR seats, different colour scheme and different layout.
    Interior of East Coast HST (East Midland Trains set) » The Blue refreshed interior of the Set on Hire to East Coast Trains. Nice and Comfortable seats, a touch of the old days on this set. Photo by towerscj


Arriva CrossCountry

43166 leads the ECS for a southbound Crosscountry service into Edinburgh Photo by Bruce Kitchener


43285 sits in full sun during the stop at Edinburgh whilst working 9S53 0640 Plymouth to Aberdeen on the 8th of September 2008 Photo by brucekitchener


Arriva Crosscountry HST Power car fleet

Original No.
New No.
Engine
Livery
Admitted
Released
In Service
43007
43207
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone Silver / Plum
13th August 2008
10th December 2008
10th December 2008
43085
43285
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
14th November 2007
13th August 2008
15th August 2008
43101
43301
MTU
Crosscountry Two Tone silver / Plum
16th July 2008
16th July 2008
43103
43303
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
9th July 2007
30th July 2008
31st July 2008
43104
43304
MTU
Crosscountry Two Tone silver / Plum
September 2008
12th December 2008
12th December 2008
43121
43321
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
25th January 2008
10th September 2008
14th September 2008
43157
43357
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
February 2008
26th September 2008
27th September 2008
43166
43366
MTU
Crosscountry Two Tone silver / Plum
September 2008
23rd January 2009
23rd January 2009
43178
43378
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
30th July 2008
26th November 2008
26th November 2008
43184
43384
MTU
Crosscountry Two tone silver / Plum
16th July 2008
7th November 2008
7th November 2008


Arriva Crosscountry HST operated services

HeadcodeDepOriginDestinationArrRemarks
Northbound HST operated services
1S511223PlymouthGlasgow Central2235Mon to Fri
1S551323PlymouthEdinburgh2222Monday only
Southbound HST operated services
1V500608EdinburghPlymouth1452Mon to Fri
1V540632DundeePlymouth1652Friday only


Arriva Crosscountry HST Formations

SetA (TF)B (TCC)C (TS)D (TS)E (TS)F (TS-D)G (TGS)
XC0141193 45001 42368 42369 42367 4236644021
XC0241194 45002 42372 42373 42375 42371 44072
XC0341195 45003 42290 42378 42377 42376 44052
XC0441026 45004 42038 42037 42036 42380 44012
XC0541035 45005 42051 42053 42052 42379 44017
Spares
42370 ex XC01 42374 ex XC02 42234 ex XC03 42342 ex XC04 42097 ex XC05

Notes
  • Sets in Blue are under refurbishment at Wabtec Doncaster
  • Sets in Green are formed of Ex Midland Mainline coaches
Arriva CrossCountry are taking on five HST sets to provide additional capacity to support their fleet of Voyagers and Super Voyagers.

Network Rail

43062 on the rear of the NMT at Carlisle Photo by Bruce Kitchener


Network Rail have a modified HST set called the New Measurement Train (NMT), which was introduced in June 2003. It is operated on their behalf by Serco and runs on the East Coast and West Coast Main Lines.

If the NMT is unavailable, a substitute test train powered by top and tail DRS Class 37s or DBS? Class 67s has been known to run in its place.


Network Rail NMT Power Cars

NumberEngineLiveryNameNotes
43013MTUNetwork Rail Yellow Buffer fitted, Nose Cameras. New light clusters from July 2007
43014MTUNetwork Rail Yellow Buffer fitted, Nose Cameras. New light clusters from October 2007
43062MTUNetwork Rail YellowJohn ArmittNose Cameras


43013/014/062 were the original members of this fleet in 2003. Other NMT power cars have been:
  • 43067 (buffer-fitted) April 2005 - December 2005;
  • 43154 February 2004 - November 2005
  • 43196 November 2005 - December 2006
  • 43089 September 2007 - September 2008 (See Project Hyabusa below)

Network Rail NMT Coaching stock

Old BR no.New NR no.UseFormer UsesNotes
11000975814NMT High Speed Track Recording coachTest Car 10
40000975984NMT Generator CoachLab 15 "Argus"
40501977984NMT Generator Coach
44053977993NMT High Speed Recording Coach with Pantograph replaces 999550
44087977994NMT High Speed Recording Coach replaces 977974
40619977995NMT High Speed Track Recording Generator Coach
44062977996NMT Train Battery car


Project Hayabusa

Project Hayabusa which is Japanese for Project Falcon, is a partnership between Hitachi and Network Rail to test a battery powered HST power car to see if it could help HST emissions. It would be known as a Battery assisted diesel locomotive after conversion. The power car chosen for this refurb was 43089. The Power car was originally meant to be fitted with an MTU engine but due to demand has kept it's Paxman Valenta. To cut down on weight the rechargable Lithium Ion batteries were put in the TGS coach 977996.

After testing on the preserved Great Central Railway in the Summer of 2007, 43089 began use on the NMT, and was first noted in Scotland on 13 November 2007.

Project Hayabusa was abandoned in September 2008, the locomotive 43089 was returned to Porterbrook, it now has a new life with East Midlands Trains

How it works
The 48 Lithium ion rechargable batteries supply the power for moving the train off the mark once a decent speed has been achieved the train diesel engine in this case the Paxman Valenta kicks in to get the train up to linespeed or testing speed. The batteries are then recharged as the train brakes for a station stop or signal check meaning the batteries will always have sufficient power for starting the train away from a station or signal check. The diesel engine can still work if the batteries have been drained of power and have insufficient power to move the train.

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