The first refurbished ScotRail High Speed Train Mk 3s are due to be delivered to Craigentinny on February 15, for testing, commissioning and training. The HSTs will then enter traffic with SR from May (RAIL 836).
The four coaches are currently at Wabtec Rail, Doncaster, where they are being refurbished with new interiors and fitted with sliding doors. The vehicles involved are Trailer First (TF) 41032, Trailer Standards (TS) 42045, 42561 and Trailer Standard (Disabled) (TSD) 42207. They will be collected by SR 43021 and 43132, which are currently being used for training.
Meanwhile, the first overhauled Class 43 power cars for ScotRail are due to leave Wabtec Rail’s Brush Traction Loughborough facility on January 17 and travel to Doncaster for testing with the Mk 3s. These power cars will be 43033 and 43148.
By the start of the May timetable change, when the HSTs are introduced by ScotRail, five pairs of ‘43s’ will have been overhauled (43012/021/033, 43132/143/146/148/168/169/183)
The next former Great Western Railway set to be sent off-lease will leave on January 11. 43012 and 43168 will take set LA05 to Leicester, with four coaches for refurbishment at Doncaster, and the other four for store at Ely. The power cars will go to Loughborough for overhaul, and will be released in late March.
GWR HST rakes to go off-lease between now and May
Stock for ScotRail: 41094, 41130/134/135/160, 42019, 42184, 42265/267/275/276/279/280, 42325/332/345, 42502/559/567/571/574/576
Stock for store at Ely: 40221, 40703/707/716/721/722, 41103/104, 42028/029/054/072, 42107/185, 42206/252/253/269/277/281, 42513, 44001/009/028/032/034/035
Stock for ScotRail (training): 40713, 42208/209, 44066
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