Test­ing im­mi­nent on Great West­ern Rail­way’s short-form HST

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The first Great West­ern Rail­way short-formed High Speed Train is ex­pected to be­gin test­ing in Corn­wall at the end of this month, be­fore en­ter­ing traf­fic on the Pen­zance-Ply­mouth route from the De­cem­ber timetable change.

GWR is in­tro­duc­ing 11 shorter HSTs on se­lected routes such as Pen­zance-Ply­mouth and Cardiff Cen­tral-Taun­ton ( RAIL 828, 835).

They are re­quired owing to a de­lay in cas­cades of diesel mul­ti­ple units cre­ated by the on­go­ing Great West­ern Main Line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion de­lays. The HSTs will be a mix­ture of those owned by An­gel Trains (AT), and those owned by FirstGroup.

The Mk 3s are be­ing mod­i­fied with plug-doors to en­able them to meet dis­abil­ity ac­cess reg­u­la­tions that come into force on Jan­uary 1 2020, while the Class 43 power cars are also be­ing mod­i­fied with in­ter­lock­ing to op­er­ate the doors.

GWR is re­tain­ing power cars to op­er­ate the shorter HSTs, with 43016 the first AT-owned ‘43’ to be mod­i­fied.

It will be joined by 43005/ 024/040-042, 43170/186-189/ 192, while First’s 43092-094/097/ 098, 43122/153-155/158/194/ 198 will also re­main.

This means 43002/004/009/ 010/017/018/020/022/023/025/ 027/029, 43165/171/172/174/ 185/190-193 are be­ing with­drawn by GWR.

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