Guy and Charlotte Vincent
As predicted late last year the disposal of redundant HST power cars has started with three former Great Western-operated examples being taken on their final journey to Newport Docks today. Loco 37611 with barrier coach 6340 hauled PC's 43070 43079 and 43053 from Long Marston via Worcester, Cheltenham and Lydney and were caught by Charlotte passing non-stop through Newport at 15,36hrs. It is likely that by the coming weekend this trio will have been shredded and dispatched abroad for recycling as the processors, Sims Group, are known for their speed of rolling stock destruction.
43053: New to Old Oak Common as part of set 253026 in June 1977. Transferred to Neville Hill, Leeds in October 1982 (for use on the Midland Main Line) and then to Craigentinny (Edinburgh) in January 2007 for use on the East Coast Main Line. In December 2008 re-engining was undertaken at Brush Loughborough (Paxman Valenta replaced by a new MTU unit), moved to Great Western fleet in April 2009. 43053 carried three different names: 1) County of Humberside (04-1984 to 04-1994 with a gap of 7 months July 1990 - Feb 1991 un-named) 2) Leeds United (04-1994 to 10-2004) 3) University of Worcester 10.03.2010 until withdrawn from GWR fleet in March 2019.
43070 new to Heaton (Newcastle) December 1977 as part of ECML set 254008. Based at Laira from May 1998 as part of the Virgin Trains HST fleet but made redundant with the arrival of the new Voyager fleet in 2003. Later received Midland Mainline livery and named 'Rio Pathfinder'. Operated by Cotswold Rail and painted in their silver livery Nov 2005. Aug 2006 off-lease and after re-engining with new MTU unit it joined the FGW fleet in Sept 2007. Named The Corps of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers at Paddington on 16th Oct 2007. Off lease June 2019 following introduction of new class 800 fleet and stored.
43079 new to Heaton in February 1978 as part of ECML set 254012. To Laira in May 1998 for Virgin Trains use. Following a spell with MML (Project Rio, named Rio Venturer) and re-engining it was added to the FGW fleet in Feb 2008. Into store in June 2019 following arrival of IET fleet.
Further photos of today's condemned trio taken in better times.