Midland Mainline Memories – Railcam salutes the iconic HST

The final mainline HST service into London is coming to an end with the launch of the May timetable changes, and we couldn’t let this pass without covering social media with your #MMLMemories.

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The HST has been a mainstay on the Midland Mainline for years, operating to/from St Pancras to the East Midlands, and with the May timetable changes we will be waving goodbye to this icon of high speed train travel in the UK from the Midland Mainline.

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Saturday May 15th will be the final day of HST running on the Midland Mainline, and from now until then we want to see your memories of the mighty Midland Mainline HSTs. There have been some wonderful liveries over the years, perhaps some of the best the HST has ever carried, and we would love to see those over the next couple of weeks…..

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Simply share your photos on social media platforms, (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtags #MMLMemories and #HSTonMML, whilst tagging Railcam in your posts (Hey, why not tag East Midlands Railway, WeareEMR and the 125 Group while you’re at it) and lets see as much HST as we can!

©Jamie Rowley

Mission Complete (Well, Almost…..) – 125 Group purchase 43044.

125 Group is delighted to announce the acquisition of a further two MK3 HST trailers, one to join the permanent fleet and one as a spares donor. This brings our HST MK3 fleet to a permanent total of eight vehicles.

The make up of this is a TGS (44000), 3x TS (42111, 42119, 42337), 2x TF (41057 and 41067, which has a disabled toilet), plus 2x TRFB (40730 and 40741). This allows us flexibility in both extra catering capacity and redundancy of the restaurant/buffet vehicle itself.  TS 42120 is anticipated to become the spares donor, but this could be subject to change based on full condition assessments.

Further to this, we have some more exciting news in that we can confirm purchase of HST power car 43044 from Porterbrook. The Trustees would like to extend their thanks to two particular long serving group members who have very generously funded the purchase of this power car – they are both highly dedicated to the cause and 125 Group owes them huge gratitude – thank you!

125 Group’s 43044 stands in the Power Car bay at Neville Hill depot on 18th February 2021 ©125 Group

The purchase of 43044 will help us achieve one of our famous core objectives, to own a power car that is powered by the original Paxman Valenta Engine, with a Marston Cooler group. This will join our existing two VP185 power cars, allowing us to show a significant portion of the HST story, but not all of it quite yet – if you’re an MTU fan, you’ll need to wait a little longer!

We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Porterbrook for again supporting us in our aims – there is no doubt we would not have succeeded without their generous support and help. We also extend thanks to our friends at East Midlands Railway for assisting us in the handover of 43044.

Visit the 125 Group website for more information – https://www.125group.org.uk

125 Grup HST Depot Appeal #Depot125 – https://www.125group.org.uk/depot/

EMR and Porterbrook salute iconic HSTs

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  • HSTs will be retiring in May 2021, after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line
  • Record breaking Power car repainted in its legacy colours 
  • The Power Car will be preserved by the National Railway Museum in York

East Midlands Railway and Porterbrook are paying tribute to the iconic HSTs by painting power car 43302 into the Intercity Swallow livery and reinstating its original number 43102. 

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Operated by East Midlands Railway (EMR) and owned by Porterbrook these much-loved trains will be retiring after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line, making way for newer fleets to join EMR in time for the May 2021 timetable change.

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Power Car 43102 famously broke the Intercity World Speed Record in November 1987 when it reached 148.5mph between Northallerton and York during a test a run. Although it was formally renumbered to 43302 by its previous operator, today it regains its original number 43102 and the livery it carried when it broke the record.

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To this day the HST remains an iconic piece of British engineering and a much-loved part of the railway while continuing to serve passengers on the Midland Main Line. It remains a true testament to TCB Miller and his design team at the BR Railway Technical Centre in Derby, who took the train from concept to working prototype in 2 years.

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Upon its retirement in May, after 43 years’ service, this Power Car will be donated by Porterbrook to the National Railway Museum in York, joining power car 43002 which carries the name ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’.

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Neil Bamford, Fleet Director for EMR said: “The team at our Neville Hill depot in Leeds have been working hard behind the scenes to strip unit 43302 of its current livery, repaint it in its legacy colours and reinstate its original number in homage to the ‘end of the HST’ era.”

“What an incredible way to pay tribute to the HSTs and the magnificent efforts from all our staff, who have operated and maintained the fleet over the years.

“I personally remember as a 19-year-old, way back in 1980, going on HST commissioning runs from Derby to Darlington, putting the trains through their paces and doing various tests before they entered into service, such happy memories.

“This is a fitting way to recognise the end for this iconic machine; a massive slice of railway heritage and history.”

Neil Foster, Fleet Services Director for Porterbrook said: “EMR and Porterbrook have worked closely together for many years to collaboratively manage the iconic HST fleet, these trains are much loved by the millions of passengers they have carried over the decades.

“Today’s event was a great way to mark the role played by HSTs in transforming the Midland Main Line into one of Britain’s premier rail routes. With their reputation for comfort and speed these icons of British engineering re-invigorated rail travel between Yorkshire, the East Midlands and London.

“Celebrity power-car 43102 will proudly display its original livery whilst it continues to serve EMR passengers, before undertaking its next journey to a new home at the National Railway Museum to be reunited with Sir Kenneth Grange.”

Retro Charter Delight!

For many, the return of Class 90 hauled MK3s on the WCML is something of a delight, throw in the first outing for a full privately owned HST on the charter circuit, and you have a ‘modern classic’ day to remember.

Locomotive Services Ltd have been putting together a superb fleet of modern classic stock for their charter portfolio in recent months, which included MK3s forming part of a regular service on the Settle & Carlisle Line on the Staycation Express during the summer. Now the long awaited return of Class 90 hauled MK3s (along with DVT) on the WCML, and the first outing of the superbly done Midland Pullman HST are just around the corner.

Both the Midland Pullman and Royal Scot make their debuts on Saturday 12th December, details below…..

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This inaugural train will offer a circular tour following as closely as possible the original route travelling between London and Manchester through Kettering and along the Midland Main Line and the Erewash Valley. At Chesterfield we join the Hope Valley through the stunningly beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park offering amazing views of picturesque villages, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

We continue through Romiley and Guide Bridge to Stockport and across the agricultural Cheshire Plain with views over the Sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge to Crewe and then travel down the West Coast Main Line via Stafford and Tamworth to Nuneaton where we branch off to pass through Hinckley to Leicester where we join the seldom used rural line through Britain’s smallest county of Rutland passing Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Corby and Kettering.

5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to St Pancras International (Empty Coaching Stock Move)

Crewe Camera 5 (05:59-06:15), Bedford Camera (08:03) & Flitwick Camera (08:08).

1Z43 St Pancras International to Crewe

Flitwick Camera (09:49), Bedford Camera (09:54), Chesterfield Cameras (11:07) & Crewe Cameras 2 & 5 (13:53).

1Z45 Crewe to St Pancras International

Crewe Camera 5 (13:59), Bedford Camera (17:41) & Flitwick Camera (17:46).

5Z46 St Pancras International to Crewe Holding Sidings (Empty Coaching Stock Move)

Flitwick Camera (19:42), Bedford Camera (19:46) & Crewe Camera 5 (21:50-22:00).

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We are pleased to offer an unmissable bargain priced day tour with travel all the way from London to Glasgow in First Class comfort on our modern air conditioned inter-city train, hauled by celebrity Class 90 electric locomotive 90001 ‘Royal Scot’ as it whisks us north for a journey up the West Coast Main line, over the Cumbrian fells with magnificent views of the Lakeland Mountains and across the border, thence through the Scottish Lowlands and the stunning climb to Beattock Summit.

We are due to arrive in Glasgow Central around 12.30 for a 30 minute leg stretch and at 13.00 we will depart for the journey south returning over Beattock Summit in daylight to Carlisle with an arrival around 14.15 and the opportunity to discover the border city in an afternoon sightseeing break.

In Carlisle we expect to have at least 2 hours available for some pre-Christmas retail therapy or perhaps visit the Castle and Cathedral, prior to a departure around 17.00 for our homeward journey south over Shap Summit and a fast run through historic Lancaster.

5Z89 Crewe Holding Sidings to London Euston

Watford Junction Camera (06:00) & Camden Junction Camera (06:25)

1Z90 London Euston to Glasgow Central

Camden Junction Camera (07:16), Watford Junction Camera (07:26), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (09:20), Crewe Camera 4 (09:22), Leyland Cameras (09:58), Farington Junction Camera (10:00, Preston Camera (10:10), Bolton Le Sands Camera (10:24), Beattock Camera (11:46) & Thankerton Camera (12:03).

1Z91 Glasgow Central to Carlisle

Thankerton Camera (13:24) & Beattock Camera (13:48)

1Z92 Carlisle to London Euston

Bolton Le Sands Camera (18:05), Preston Camera (18:21), Farington Junction Camera (18:32), Leyland Cameras (18:34), Crewe Camera 4 (19:05), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (19:06), Watford Junction Camera (21:23) & Camden Junction Camera (21:41).

As always, we would love to see your screen grabs or photos you get in person, just tag us in on your social media posts and we will give them a like, and share some of our favourites.

Midland Pullman Driver Training

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Locomotive Services Ltd stunning Blue/Midland Pullman HST has arrived home to Crewe after a fantastic paint job by Arlington at Eastleigh, and driver training will commence week beginning 2nd November with a daily Crewe-Carnforth-Rugby-Crewe circuit, giving the old girl a good blast on the WCML as crew and staff get up to speed.

Made up of former East Midlands Railway power cars 43046 & 43055 and MK3s 41176, 41108, 41162, 41059, 40801, 41182, 41169 & 44078, the set will depart Crewe Holding Sidings and pass a number of our cameras throughout its journey.

Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November.

5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop

Camera pass times: Crewe 2 & 3 (08:50), Crewe 4 (08:56), Leyland (09:37), Farington Jn (09:44), Preston (09:52) & Bolton Le Sands (10:08).

5Z44 Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop to Rugby

Camera pass times: Bolton Le Sands (11:18), Preston (11:33), Farington Jn (11:45), Leyland (11:54), Crewe 4 (12:38) & Crewe 2 & 3 (12:39).

If you are out to photo this move throughout the week, please share your captures with us by tagging us in your social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Railcam to celebrate Midland Mainline HSTs with #HSTonMML

**POSTPONED**

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Who doesn’t love a HST? No, I didn’t think there would be many hands raised to that question. Well, this Saturday, 3rd October, Railcam will be celebrating the iconic High Speed Train. We plan to head out to the Midland Mainline, between Leicester and Derby/Nottingham to feature a number of live streams of these famous beasts in action via our YouTube channel.

We also plan to feature live photos across our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages, but we need your help! Throughout the day we would like to see your own historical photos of HSTs working on the Midland Mainline, alongside the hashtag #HSTonMML.

Along with the hashtag, we would also ask that you tag Railcam, East Midlands Railway and We are EMR across any of the platforms you choose to post to. We will like and share as many as we can throughout the day.

That’s it, it’s that simple……

Despite the wet forecast, we still plan to head out and cover as much as we possibly can. With that in mind, here are the scheduled* HST workings for Saturday 3rd October (* Subject to change)

SET 1 – 5B23, 1B23, 1D28, 1B48, 1D53, 1B73, 1F77, 5F77.

SET 2 – 5B28, 1B28, 1D33, 1B53, 1D58, 1B78, 1D81, 5D81.

SET 3 – 5D13, 1D13, 1B33, 1D38, 1B58, 1D63, 5D63.

SET 4 – 5B13, 1B13, 1D18, 1B38, 1D43, 1B63, 1D68, 5D68.

SET 5 – 5B18, 1B18, 1D23, 1B43, 1D48, 1B68, 1F70, 5F70.

You will be able to track the movements of all of these services on the day by using our RC Data tab on the Railcam website. Type the headcode in the appropriate search box. Allocations can also be added, along with set and coach information.

Note. We are not encouraging gatherings of enthusiasts and we urge that social distancing measures are still followed, when travelling and on stations.

Retro HST Pictures from LNER

For those who haven’t yet seen the images released by LNER this afternoon.

First pictures of repaint released by (c) LNER

Work is well underway at Craigentinny for power cars 43206 & 43312 while the coaches are being prepared by Wabtec in Doncaster.

HST repaint in progress. (c) LNER
Coaches are being repainted by Wabtec in Doncaster (c) LNER

Our thanks to LNER for sharing the images and do let us know if you will be out with cameras for the final tour!