ScotRail’s HST plans

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Re­fur­bish­ment of 54 Class 43 High Speed Train power cars bound for ScotRail will be­gin this year.

RE­FUR­BISH­MENT of High Speed Trains (HSTs) bound for ScotRail will be­gin this year, with Wabtec Rail con­tracted to carry out the work.

Fifty-four Class 43 HST power cars owned by An­gel Trains will be re­fur­bished at Brush Trac­tion’s Lough­bor­ough fa­cil­ity and 121 Mk 3 coaches will be re­fur­bished by Wabtec Rail at Don­caster.

The work be­gins in late 2017 and ends in May 2019. The sets will be formed into 17 five-coach sets and nine four-coach sets, with two spare ‘43s’. HSTs are due to en­ter traf­fic with SR from May 2018.

The four-coach trains will have 32 First Class seats (four pri­or­ity) and 206 Stan­dard Class seats (24 pri­or­ity). The five-coach trains will have the same num­ber of First Class seats and 278 Stan­dard Class seats (32 pri­or­ity). The trains will of­fer a 30% in­crease in seat­ing ca­pac­ity, ac­cord­ing to the op­er­a­tor.

They will re­place Class 170 diesel mul­ti­ple units on jour­neys to Scot­land’s seven cities, and will of­fer re­duced jour­ney times due to an in­creased power:weight ra­tio.

ScotRail ex­plained that the HSTs will have 4,500hp for a 280-tonne four-coach set (16hp per tonne) and 4,500hp for a 315-tonne five-coach set (14.2hp per tonne), against 1,266hp for a 135-tonne three-car ‘170’ (9.3hp per tonne). Jour­ney times from In­ver­ness to the Cen­tral Belt will be re­duced by ten min­utes on av­er­age, the op­er­a­tor said.

The Mk 3s will be fit­ted with ‘Va­por Stone’ elec­tric-pow­ered sin­gle-leaf doors. A Wilee door con­trol sys­tem will be used, and door con­trol pan­els will be lo­cated at two doors in the same vestibule in each coach. The pan­els will have the same lay­out as the ‘170s’. Doors will be in­ter­locked with the power and brake con­trollers, and there will be a tem­po­rary over­ride plunger and per­ma­nent iso­la­tion switch in the driv­ing cab.

In First Class, there will be a 2+1 for­ma­tion with leather reclining seats. Tables will have one 240V socket and one USB port per pair of seats. Saloon light­ing will be fit­ted with auto-dim­ming LED tubes. There will be large lug­gage stacks at the end of the sa­loons.

In Stan­dard Class, the Mk 3s will be fit­ted with the same ‘Gram­mer’ seats as fit­ted to SR’s 158701- 158725. Seats will be fit­ted with fold-down tables and arm­rests. There will be a 240V socket per bay of seats at low level be­tween the seats or on tables. There will also be large lug­gage racks at each end of the saloon.

SR told RAIL that the Stan­dard Class seats will have a pitch of 1,800mm (the same as the ‘170s’). Cur­rently the pitch on Great Western Rail­way HSTs is 1,680mm. The space will be cre­ated by widen­ing tables and mov­ing the seats back 120mm.

There will also be a com­ple­men­tary self-ser­vice cater­ing

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