Back in blue for the Midland Pullman
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.