Ex-Grand Central HST named after Nottingham fire heroes

EAST Midlands Trains has named one of six power cars transferred from Grand Central in tribute to the support and response from the emergency services when Nottingham station caught fire on January 5.

Power car No. 43467 carries a slightly modified version of the East Midlands Trains livery and was named Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and the British Transport Police at a ceremony on
February 12.

On its maiden journey after the naming, there’s a wave from the crew as No. 43467, with 43043 at the rear, work the 15.32 Nottingham-St Pancras past Harrowden Junction. All six of the acquired power cars are buffered. They were converted in 1987 to work as surrogate Mk4 DVTs because of late delivery, and have never reverted to their original style. RICHARD GENNIS

The power car carries one name on each side, thought to be the only power car to do so.

Previously, Class 47 No. 47847 carried different nameplates with Railway World Magazine on one side and Brian Morrison on the other.

Coun Brian Grocock, chairman of the Nottinghamshire Fire Authority; Paul Crowther, Chief Constable BTP; and Jake Kelly, managing director of EMT, after the naming of power car No. 43467. JOHN WHITEHOUSE

East Midlands Trains managing director Jake Kelly said the decision was a unanimous one, adding repairs caused by the fire were progressing.

Grand Central also transferred 18 HST trailers to East Midlands Trains.

■ A 33-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson at Nottingham station. She has been released under investigation while police enquiries continue.

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