HSTs SHORTENED TO 2+6 FORMATION
THE DECEMBER timetable change saw significant changes within East Midlands Railway’s fleet, with Class 180s introduced, usage of HSTs reduced and the latter shortened to 2+6 formations.
The four Class 180s previously operated with Hull Trains and are an interim fleet for EMR prior to the introduction of its Class 810 Aurora bi-modes in 2023. The first working was on Sunday 13 December when No 180110 operated shuttles between Kettering and Corby; the following day saw the first working to London, with Nos 180110/111 forming the 05.19 Derby to St Pancras. The ‘180s’ will be used predominantly on Nottingham and Corby services, but have been route-cleared from Chesterfield into Sheffield via Dore; they will work in pairs on peak services and on Sundays.