Plug door MK 3s to be renumbered
Mk 3s fitted with plug doors for use with Great Western are to be renumbered, with the first four treated.
Eleven rakes of 2+4 High Speed Trains are being modified for use on GWR routes such as Plymouth-Penzance, to bring greater capacity and improved journey times.
One power car has so far been modified for these duties (43016), while four Mk 3s are at Wabtec Rail Doncaster for conversion. The coaches are Trailer Standard (TS) 42093, 42168 and 42177, and they will be renumbered 48111, 48101 and 48102 respectively. Additionally, Trailer Guard Standard (TGS) 44055 will be renumbered 49101.
Other power cars being retained by GWR, besides 43016, are 43005/024/ 040-042/092-094/097/098, 43122/153-155/158/170/172/ 186-189/192/194/198.