Off-lease GWR power cars and coaches on the move

Rail (UK) - - Fleet - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­ @Clin­nick1

OFF-LEASE ex-Great Western Rail­way High Speed Train power cars and coaches have been moved across the UK in re­cent weeks.

For­mer GWR Class 43 cars are bound for ScotRail, while some stock that had been stored at Ely, hav­ing been re­placed at GWR by In­ter­city Ex­press Trains, has moved north to Scot­land.

It is planned that as many as ten ‘clas­sic’ HSTs will be used by ScotRail in lieu of re­fur­bished sets, in or­der to meet the op­er­a­tor’s De­cem­ber timetable. ScotRail ex­pects to have a sec­ond re­fur­bished set in traf­fic for the start of the timetable. Its first set en­tered traf­fic on Oc­to­ber 15 ( RAIL 864).

On Oc­to­ber 19, re­fur­bished power cars 43026 and 43128 took Trailer First (TF) 41010, Trailer Stan­dards 42012/013 and Trailer Guards Stan­dard (TGS) 44004 from Ely to Hay­mar­ket. Both ‘43s’ have been re­fur­bished.

A week ear­lier (Oc­to­ber 12), a rake of Mk 3s was taken from Ely to Scot­land, this time to Dundee. Power cars 43125 and 43141 (the for­mer one of those re­fur­bished for SR) took TF 41144 TS 42295/296 and TGS 44039 north.

The day be­fore (Oc­to­ber 11), re­fur­bished 43026 and 43141 were re­leased from Lough­bor­ough on Oc­to­ber 11, and ran straight to Ely. That same day, 43124/175, took TF 41124, 42255/256 and TGS 44029 to Perth.

On Oc­to­ber 10, ex-GWR 43176/177, ar­rived with off-lease TF 41010 (which has since moved to Scot­land). These power cars left the fol­low­ing day (Oc­to­ber 11), run­ning to Lough­bor­ough for re­fur­bish­ment.

On Oc­to­ber 9, off-lease ex-GWR 43124/175 ar­rived at Ely with TF 41117/137. GWR has re­moved the GWR 175th An­niver­sary name­plates from 43175.

This now means that the un­re­fur­bished power cars in Scot­land are 43003/021/035/037, 43124/126/132/133/136/142/175/ 179, while re­fur­bished 43012/026/ 032/033/036, 43125/128/134/135/ 140/143/146/148/163/168/169/ 183 are north of the border.

Re­fur­bished 43149 re­mains at Laira. All the un­re­fur­bished ex­am­ples will be sent to Lough­bor­ough in the fu­ture.

Ad­di­tion­ally, re­fur­bished 43141 are at Ely along with un­re­fur­bished 43138/182, while 43031, 43130/ 139/150-152/164/176/177 are at Lough­bor­ough.

Still to be re­turned by GWR are 43015/030/034, 43131/137/144/ 147/181. All re­fur­bished SR HSTs will be in used by De­cem­ber 2019.

On Oc­to­ber 24, Trailer Stan­dard Mi­cro-Buf­fets (TSMB) 40102/104/ 107/109/112/114/117/119 were taken to Lan­dore, also for stor­age.

On Oc­to­ber 17, GWR 43093 and 43180 took Trailer Kitchen Buf­fet First (TFKB) 40807/810/811 and Trailer Buf­fet First (TFB) 40900-904 from Laira to the Welsh de­pot.

These are the first non-An­gel Trains ve­hi­cles re­moved from traf­fic, with the TFKBs owned by Porter­brook and the en­tire TFB fleet owned by FirstGroup.

Even though GWR is re­tain­ing ‘Cas­tle’ HSTs for use on var­i­ous routes, these will be short-formed sets with no cater­ing ve­hi­cles.


Great Western Rail­way 43180 leads off-lease cater­ing ve­hi­cles 40901/903/904/900/902, 40811/810/807 through Cardiff Cen­tral on Oc­to­ber 17, with the 0905 Laira-Lan­dore stock move. The Mk 3 coaches have been made re­dun­dant fol­low­ing the cas­cade and stor­age of High Speed Trains.


Off-lease ex-Great Western Rail­way 43177 leads for­mer GWR Trailer First 41010 and 43176 through Lang­ham Junc­tion (near Oakham) on Oc­to­ber 10, run­ning from Bris­tol Tem­ple Meads-Ely Pap­worth. The ‘43s’ ran to Brush Trac­tion, Lough­bor­ough, the fol­low­ing day for re­fur­bish­ment for ScotRail, while the TF was taken to Hay­mar­ket nine days later with other un­re­fur­bished Mk 3s.

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