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Hull Trains introduces HST

Photo: Old dependable: power car Nos 43165/43190 on a shortened Great Western HST set arrive at Hull from Reading Traincare Depot on 29 January 2019. The five-car set is being used by Hull Trains on services between Hull and London King’s Cross. Ian Lyall


Hull Trains introduced an HST released by Great Western Railway on 15 February to cover for reliability problems with its fleet of four Class 180s.

The set had arrived at Hull Paragon station on 29 January, and entered service around three weeks later following preparatory work and staff training.

Hull Trains has ordered five Class 802 bi-modes from Hitachi, which are due to be delivered in December. Prior to their arrival, the operator requires three of its four ‘180s’ to fulfil its timetable but has struggled with availability owing to the sets’ poor reliability throughout 2018. HT says GWR was only able to provide the HST following the introduction of its own fleets of Hitachi IET sets.

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