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Offline Colin

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HST?
« on: September 03, 2011, 09:56:42 PM »
I traveled along the A17 today from Holbeach to Sleaford.

At Heckington (about 1245) I saw what looked like an East Midlands Trains HST heading west towards Sleaford.

It could only have come from Skegness, unless it reversed at Boston.

Does anyone know if this is a regular working, and if so, where was it heading to (and coming from)?


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Offline David Goddard

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Re: HST?
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2011, 10:50:31 PM »
http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/SiteCollectionDocuments/TTB7%20Nott-Skeg%2005-11%20Final.pdf

Saturdays Only 23 July to 10 September, there is an HST from Derby to Skegness.

Departs Derby 0753 calling Long Eaton 0803, Beeston 0812, Nottingham 0819/0824, Sleaford 0914, Boston 0944, arrives Skegness 1044.

Returns Skegness 1126, calling Boston 1225, Sleaford 1247, Nottingham 1342/1352, Beeston 1359, Long Eaton 1408, arrives Derby 1420.

Pity there isnt an afternoon working to bring all those people home again, I guess this is geared to Holiday makers going to Skeggy one week and returning the next, as opposed to day trippers.

It is interesting that the HST takes an hour to get from Boston to Skegness when the regular journeys need just 35 minutes.
The result is an overall journey time from Nottingham of 2h20, compared to some as quick as 1h52 with two more stops.

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Re: HST?
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2011, 09:22:46 AM »
The reason the HST takes longer is because of speed restrictions on it.

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Re: HST?
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2011, 10:53:51 AM »
Thank you.

I was surprised to see a proper train, rather than the usual Sprinter types seen along there in the past.



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Re: HST?
« Reply #4 on: September 04, 2011, 11:26:56 AM »
Thats no a proper train,a proper train has an engine either steam or diesel on the front
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Re: HST?
« Reply #5 on: September 04, 2011, 01:51:04 PM »
A proper train has an engine either steam or diesel on the front

So does an HST - it just happens to have one on the back as well!

In my view, the finest train ever built in the UK, long may it reign!

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Re: HST?
« Reply #6 on: September 04, 2011, 06:13:43 PM »
A proper train has an engine either steam or diesel on the front

So does an HST - it just happens to have one on the back as well!

In my view, the finest train ever built in the UK, long may it reign!

Yeah but there not so british anymore. german engines did make them a bit rubbish.

long live the emt vp185 hst's

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Re: HST?
« Reply #7 on: September 04, 2011, 06:46:49 PM »
We continue to mourn the roar of the Valenta as it fired up under the roof at Paddington and Kings Cross.....

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Re: HST?
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2011, 08:01:55 PM »
I meant proper - as in proper length - about 8 coaches.

Having said that, I agree with everything that's been said!!


Colin

PS - Do they use both power cars all the time?

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Re: HST?
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2011, 08:16:04 PM »
Yes is the short answer except they can operate with only one but does affect timekeeping and performance over the South Devon banks where they can't stop at Totnes..

The East Coast HST's have 9 passenger coaches.

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Re: HST?
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2011, 09:16:48 PM »
Yes is the short answer except they can operate with only one but does affect timekeeping and performance over the South Devon banks where they can't stop at Totnes..

The East Coast HST's have 9 passenger coaches.


remember a few weeks back, east coast had to use platform 0 with a hst. the driver entered kx with the front power car switched off. then on the way out. they had to do a stop at finsbury park for the driver to turn the rear power car on