First HST for ScotRail arrives in Scotland

43132 leads the first HST to transfer from Great Western Railway to ScotRail, through Colton near York, on September 1. RON COVER.

The first two Angel Trains High Speed Train Class 43 power cars transferring from Great Western Railway to ScotRail have arrived north of the border.

Former GWR 43021 and 43132 took four Mk 3s from Doncaster to Craigentinny on September 1. They will be used for training purposes. The power cars will be retained by SR. They left four Mk 3s at Wabtec Rail, Doncaster, for refurbishment.

Fifty-four HST power cars will move to SR at a rate of around four per month until November 2018.

Left at Doncaster were: Trailer First (Disabled) (TFD) 41032, Trailer Standards (TS) 42045, 42561 and Trailer Standard (Disabled) (TSD) 42207. Taken to Scotland were: Trailer Buffet First (TFB) 40207, TS 42046/047 and Trailer Guard Standard (TGS) 44015.

The Mk 3s moving to Wabtec Rail’s Doncaster facility for will undergo overhaul and refurbishment which includes fitting sliding doors to the coaches to enable them to be in operation beyond January 1 2020. 

ScotRail will introduce HSTs on routes serving its seven cities from next year. All will be leased from Angel, with 54 power cars to be refurbished by Wabtec at its Brush Traction Loughborough site, and 121 Mk 3s to pass through Doncaster. 

The project will be completed in May 2019, with 17 five-coach and nine four-coach sets entering traffic. They will replace Class 170 diesel multiple units, and will reduce journey times through increased power which means they can accelerate better. 

Vapor Stone electric-powered single-leaf doors are being fitted to the Mk 3s. Doors will be interlocked with the power and brake controllers, and there will be a temporary override plunger and permanent isolation switch in the cab.

  • To read what ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes thinks of the HSTs, read RAIL 833, available from Back Issues, and on iPad and Android.
  • To read the plans for the ScotRail HSTs, read RAIL 834, out now.
  • For a full list of the Class 43s moving to ScotRail, read RAIL 835, published September 13.


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  • FrankH - 01/09/2017 21:22

    I thought they needed toilet retention tanks also. However Scotland has one to play with, many more to follow. Has a IEP or more started service with GWR as this HST set has been released?

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  • Billy Jones - 01/09/2017 23:40

    These trains will ease overcrowding and provide spacious accommodation. They will also be fabulously refurbished, but watch out for the negative Scottish press harp on about them being 40 years old. Trigger's old broom sketch from Only Fools and Horses moment, coming soon!

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  • Noam Bleicher - 02/09/2017 09:36

    If it's economic for Scotrail to fit power doors to HSTs, why can't this be done in England too, to ease the acute long distance stock shortage? Cross Country in particular could do with more HSTs.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 11/09/2017 03:13

    Sounds good. Hope that Scotrail will look after the HST fleets and to maintain them well since they are over 40 years old.

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