Railways Illustrated

Back in blue for the Midland Pullman

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Locomotive Services Ltd’s Midland Pullman HST power cars have emerged from Arlington Fleet Services without the yellow warning panels on the cab fronts of the Class 43s used to power the operator’s popular Pullman dining train.

The Midland Pullman HST, which features power cars 43046 Geoff Drury 1930-1999 and 43055, is painted in a livery that resembles the nanking blue and white colour scheme carried by the original British Rail Blue Pullman and Midland Pullman luxury dining trains, none of which survive. However, for the latter part of the 2021 operation, the power cars carried small yellow warning panels on the lower valances of the cab fronts, which many observers felt spoiled the overall look of the train.

Locomotive­s and units that have the correct specificat­ion LED and high-intensity headlights are no longer required to carry yellow warning panels on the cabs. Both cars received a central LED ‘cyclops’ light above the windscreen­s as part of the preparatio­ns for their new role on the luxury dining train.

However, when the train made its first appearance of 2022, hauling the ‘Settle & Carlisle Pullman’ on January 22 from Eastleigh to Carlisle, the yellow panels were removed, so it is assumed that the lighting configurat­ion of the power cars are now to the correct standards.

 ?? Dave Gilbert ?? The first Midland Pullman charter of 2022 was the ‘Settle & Carlisle Pullman’, which ran on January 22 from Eastleigh to Carlisle. The popular re-purposed HST, with 43055 leading, passes Blea Moor signal box on the Settle to Carlisle line as the train heads north.
Dave Gilbert The first Midland Pullman charter of 2022 was the ‘Settle & Carlisle Pullman’, which ran on January 22 from Eastleigh to Carlisle. The popular re-purposed HST, with 43055 leading, passes Blea Moor signal box on the Settle to Carlisle line as the train heads north.

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