East Midlands Railway (EMR) is honouring its High-Speed Train (HST) usage by repainting one of the types into the iconic Intercity Livery.
Power car 43302 has returned to its Intercity Swallow colours ahead of its retirement in May 2021 and the Porterbrook owned power car will also bear its original number of 43102.
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.”
HST’s have operated on the midland mainline for 39 years but upon retirement this power car will have been in service for 43 years.
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.”
Porterbrook will be donating it to the National Railway Museum in York, joining power car 43002 which carries the name ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’.