Grand Cen­tral to re­place HSTs with cas­caded Class 180s

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

Grand Cen­tral will hand its three High Speed Trains back to An­gel Trains at the end of De­cem­ber.

The HSTs are be­ing re­placed by Great Western Rail­way 180102104/106/108, which have them­selves been re­placed on GWR met­als by High Speed Trains and Tur­bos made re­dun­dant fol­low­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of new IEP trains. The GC HSTs are des­tined for East Mid­lands Trains and will en­ter traf­fic in March.

The six-coach sets will be used on two du­ties per day, re­leas­ing Class 222s to strengthen other Mid­land Main Line ser­vices.

Trans­fer­ring from GC to EMT are power cars 43423/465/467/468/ 480/484, Trailer Restau­rant First Buf­fet (TRFB) 40424/426/433, Trailer First (TF) 41201-203 and Trailer Stan­dard (TS) 42401-409.

A GC spokesman said: “A con­sis­tent all-Class 180 fleet will mean greater ca­pac­ity and more seats where the de­mand is high­est, with the flex­i­bil­ity to run in five- or ten-car­riage for­ma­tions,” said GC.

The open ac­cess op­er­a­tor also said there would be greater flex­i­bil­ity within the fleets, due to the abil­ity to swap trains to dif­fer­ent routes dur­ing dis­rup­tion.

GC’s ‘180s’ are be­ing re­fur­bished by Ar­riva Train Care in an 18-month project. This in­cludes a full in­te­rior re­fresh, new fab­ric seats with leather edg­ing in Stan­dard Class, an ex­te­rior re­paint, up­graded cater­ing fa­cil­i­ties, and new toilet fa­cil­i­ties with im­proved dis­abled ac­cess, with LED light­ing through­out.

The GC fleet will be 180101108/112/114. Hull Trains has 180109-111/113. These are ex­pected to move to GC once HT’s Class 802s have been de­liv­ered.

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