East Midlands Trains

  • East Midlands franchise taken over by Abellio

    East Midlands franchise taken over by Abellio

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    AUGUST 18 saw the take over of the East Midland franchise by Abellio, with the brand name East Midlands Railway replacing East Midlands Trains (EMT), the Stagecoach brand.  EMT had run services since November 2007 Abellio formally launched the franchise and new brand in Derby the following day, unveiling reliveried ‘Meridian’ set No. 222104 in a…

  • HST prototype power car receives first-class attention

    HST prototype power car receives first-class attention

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    HST power car No. 41001 was moved from its base on the GCR(N) Ruddington as 5Z50 to Leeds Neville Hill Depot on June 29, arriving at 11.24, 44 minutes ahead of schedule.  It is seen pausing at Rotherham while waiting for a TransPennine Manchester to Cleethorpes service to pass at about 09.30, before continuing on to…

  • Class 91s facing sidelines as Mk4 stock goes for store

    Class 91s facing sidelines as Mk4 stock goes for store

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    THE first Class 91 locos are expected to be withdrawn by LNER from July. They are becoming surplus to requirements as diagrams for the Hitachi ‘Azuma’ sets increase every week, and with LNER now announcing a start of services from Edinburgh on August 1.  LNER has already ceased use of DB Class 90s and the…

  • Conductor strikes on East Midlands Trains to go ahead in pay row

    Conductor strikes on East Midlands Trains to go ahead in pay row

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    The first of a series of senior conductor strikes on East Midlands Trains is to go ahead on Saturday amid continued deadlock over a pay dispute.

  • 300 passengers stranded on HST after landslide causes ‘major incident’

    300 passengers stranded on HST after landslide causes ‘major incident’

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    AROUND 300 passengers became stranded on an East Midlands Trains HST for hours after a diverted train was engulfed in a landslide, and a rescue train sent to assist was stopped by rising flood waters. What turned into a major rescue, involving the emergency services and Network Rail, occurred on June 13 when the Midland…

  • ‘Screaming Valentas’ tour raises more than £21,000 for HST depot

    ‘Screaming Valentas’ tour raises more than £21,000 for HST depot

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    EAST Midlands Trains took one of its ex-Grand Central 2+6 High Speed Train sets from Derby to Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on November 17. At Ruddington one of the power cars was switched for the National Railway Museum’s prototype HST power car No. 41001. The sold-out train was organised jointly by EMT, the…

  • EMT gives ex-Grand Central HSTs fresh interiors

    EMT gives ex-Grand Central HSTs fresh interiors

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    FRESH new interiors are being given to the three former Grand Central (GC) HSTs, now part of the East Midlands Trains (EMT) fleet. The sets – with two power cars and six trailers, rather than the usual eight – were taken on by EMT to provide additional capacity as a result of enforced diagram changes…

  • Derby remodelling completed on time

    Derby remodelling completed on time

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    INDUSTRY leaders are hailing the 79-day Derby blockade as a great success after the remodelled station was handed back on schedule on October 8. In the early hours of the morning, Network Rail and its contractors removed the final pieces of equipment and machinery from the lines to the north of Derby station, allowing East…

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