The first of 54 HST power cars from Great West­ern Rail­way ar­rive at ScotRail, and will be used for train­ing du­ties.

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ STE­WART ARM­STRONG.

THE An­gel Trains-owned High Speed Train Class 43 power cars trans­fer­ring from Great West­ern Rail­way to ScotRail have been con­firmed by the rolling stock leas­ing com­pany.

Fifty-four HST power cars will move to SR, at a rate of around four per month un­til Novem­ber 28. An­gel has also con­firmed the 12 Class 43s stay­ing with GWR to op­er­ate short HSTs in the West Coun­try.

The first pair to move were 43021 and 43132 ( RAIL 834), which took a rake of Mk 3s to Wabtec Rail’s Don­caster fa­cil­ity overnight on Au­gust 31/Septem­ber 1, and then con­tin­ued to Craigentinny on Septem­ber 1 and Aberdeen on Septem­ber 3, where they will be used for train­ing pur­poses. The next pair to leave will be 43033 and 43148.

SR is in­tro­duc­ing 2+4 and 2+5 HST sets on routes serv­ing Scot­land’s seven cities, al­low­ing for an im­proved jour­ney qual­ity for pas­sen­gers, and an in­ter­nal cas­cade of diesel mul­ti­ple units.

The power cars mov­ing to Scot­land are 43003/012/015/021/ 026/028/030-037, 43124-152/ 163/164/168/169/175-177/179/ 181-183.

Those stay­ing with GWR are 43005/016/024/040-042, 43170/ 186-189/192. Th­ese will be sup­ple­mented by power cars owned by FirstGroup to al­low 11 short HSTs to op­er­ate. Those owned by First are 43092-094/ 097/098, 43122/153-155/158/ 194/198.

An­gel Trains spokesman Ge­orge Eddy told RAIL that the com­pany will con­tinue to ex­plore “fu­ture op­por­tu­ni­ties for the resid­ual num­ber of HST” that will be left.

The An­gel HST power cars that GWR will send off-lease are 43002/004/009/010/017/018/020/ 022/024/025/027/029, 43165/ 171/172/174/185/190-193.

Great West­ern Rail­way’s HST fleet is be­ing re­placed by In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme Class 800s from Oc­to­ber, with Class 802s be­ing in­tro­duced on West of Eng­land routes from next sum­mer. The fi­nal GWR HSTs will be with­drawn in the sec­ond week of March 2019.

One pos­si­ble home for the of­flease HSTs could be GB Rail­freight, where Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor John Smith has spo­ken of us­ing an

An­gel Trains has con­firmed which Class 43s will be leav­ing Great West­ern Rail­way for ScotRail, which ‘43s’ will re­main with GWR, and which ‘43s’ will be sent off-lease. This will mean some power cars that were de­liv­ered to­gether when in­tro­duced in the 1970s will be split up. One such pair­ing is 43020 and 43021, which were de­liv­ered as 253010. The former will be sent off-lease, while the lat­ter will trans­fer to ScotRail as one of the first two to move north. On Au­gust 14, 43020 leads the 0830 Pen­zance-Lon­don Padding­ton on the ap­proach to Teign­mouth. On the rear is 43021.

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