ScotRail HST

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

Six months late, the first of 26 re­fur­bished High Speed Trains with slid­ing doors is de­liv­ered to Hay­mar­ket for test­ing.

THE first ScotRail High Speed Train ar­rived in Scotland on August 17, six months later than planned.

De­lays to the re­fur­bish­ment of Mk 3 coaches at Wabtec Rail, Don­caster, meant that SR’s tar­get of in­tro­duc­ing HSTs on the Aberdeen-Ed­in­burgh route at the start of the May timetable was missed.

Re­fur­bished 43169/183 hauled four coaches to Hay­mar­ket de­pot (Trailer Stan­dards 42004/046, 42561 and Trailer First Buf­fet 40601, con­verted from TF 41032).

SR had planned that the first HST would ar­rive in Scotland in Fe­bru­ary ( RAIL 836) for staff train­ing ahead of its en­try into traf­fic. The op­er­a­tor has been train­ing with un­re­fur­bished HSTs since last au­tumn.

Chris Tait, ScotRail’s High-Speed Trains Project Man­ager, said: “I’m de­lighted that the first of our iconic trains has ar­rived in Scotland. They will trans­form rail travel in Scotland by pro­vid­ing more seats and a much-im­proved on-board en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ge­orge David­son, Trans­port Scotland’s Rolling Stock Man­ager, added: “This is an im­por­tant mile­stone in our ef­forts to im­prove ca­pac­ity on our rail ser­vices, along­side an en­hanced pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence. It’s great to see the first of these trains ar­rive in Scotland and I’m sure they will make a great ad­di­tion to the ScotRail fleet.”

The HSTs have been sent of­flease by Great Western Rail­way. SR will have a fleet of 26 trains, with

nine four-coach and 17 five-coach sets in traf­fic. They will be used to serve Scotland’s seven cities, en­abling SR in­ter­nally to cas­cade Class 158 and ‘170’ diesel mul­ti­ple units, while also re­leas­ing ‘156’, ‘158’ and ‘170’ DMUs south of the bor­der.

The Mk 3s are mod­i­fied with slid­ing doors and con­trolled emis­sion toi­lets. None of the coaches mov­ing to Scotland are for­mer restaurant coaches; in­stead the Trailer First is fit­ted with a new café area.

Train­ing with the un­re­fur­bished HSTs has in­cluded vis­its to Aberdeen, In­ver­ness, Ed­in­burgh Waver­ley and, most re­cently, Glas­gow Queen Street.

ScotRail has con­firmed that the five-car sets will not enter traf­fic un­til De­cem­ber 2019, once work to ex­tend Queen Street’s plat­forms has been com­pleted.

The power cars are being re­fur­bished at Brush Trac­tion, Lough­bor­ough, with 43012/032/033/036, 43134/14 0/143/146/148/149/163/168/16 9/183 all hav­ing been treated so far. Two power cars (43140/149) ran to Laira in SR liv­ery on August 10 for heavy main­te­nance as the Ply­mouth de­pot had spare ca­pac­ity. @Clin­nick1


ScotRail 43169 leads the first re­fur­bished HST through Lam­ber­ton, near Ber­wick, on August 17, run­ning from Don­caster Works-Hay­mar­ket.


ScotRail 40601 stands at Hay­mar­ket, dis­play­ing the slid­ing door fit­ted to the Mk 3s that will enter traf­fic north of the bor­der.

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