Monday 17 May 2021

East Midlands Railway Retire Their HST's

With the start of the new UK rail timetable, the retirement of the HST's from service by East Midlands Railway has taken place.
The HST's were due to retire, as EMR launched their half-hourly St Pancras to Corby electric services operated by Class 360 EMUs, all 21 of which have now transferred from Greater Anglia.

Although EMR have taken the opportunity to mark the occasion, they originally avoided advertising the final HST journey in order to avoid crowds forming.

EMR and the rolling stock leasing company Porterbrook, which owns the vehicles, are commemorating the retirement of the InterCity 125.

They renumbered the historic 43102 and reintroduced the Swallow livery as well as introducing the first (and only) EMR power car. Power car 43102 broke the intercity world speed record in November 1987, reaching 148.5mph between Northallerton and York on a test run. It bore the Intercity Swallow livery and number 43102 when it broke this record. The trailing power car during the speed record run was 43159.

They say on the EMR website " That there is much more to come and in the coming weeks we will be unveiling more ways to mark this occasion and providing opportunities for our passengers, partners and fans to get involved too"

Above the unique purple HST which has been in service on the Midland Main Line (43274)

Also watch this video by 
Damien Le Maistre showing scenes at Wellingborough on the Midland Main Line, which shows the two power cars and other trains in action.

Also this has appeared in the media here

If you have taken photos or videos of the final days of service of the HST's on the Midland Main Line please contact us at
We will endeavour to show them on this website