Ex Virgin HST Power Car List

 

Following introduction of the Voyagers and Pendolinos, Virgin Trains started to phase out the 1970s built HSTs, much to the disapproval of many loyal passengers and enthusiasts. The power cars and coaches were gradually placed into storage and left to rust. Fortunately, various other Train Operating Companies have found uses for the forgotten power cars, and the purpose of this list was to keep track of movements into and out of storage, any overhaul that has taken place and any loco hauled movements they have undergone. With the reintroduction to service of 43366 (previously 43166) on February 10th 2009, all power cars have now returned to service. Because of this, the list is no longer updated.

 

43006 - Painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. NXEC took over the franchise in December 2007 and continue to use it.

 

43007 (Now 43207) - Painted into Midland Mainline livery and worked for Midland Mainline. It left the MML fleet when the franchise ended on 11th November 2007. It then moved to Wabtec Doncaster. It was moved to Neville Hill in late January/early February 2008. Then it was hauled along with 43178/184 to Edinburgh Craigentinny by 47237/57005. It was returned to Neville Hill on 22nd April 2008, being hauled there by 43178. It returned to service with CrossCountry in late spring 2008, still in its old MML livery and with a Valenta engine. It entered Brush for overhaul, repaint into CrossCountry livery and MTU engine fitting on 13th August 2008. It left Brush and ran to Craigentinny with 43257 on 10th December 2008. It returned to service a few days later.

 

43008 - Painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. NXEC took over the franchise in December 2007 and continue to use it.

 

43013 (Buffer Fitted) - Painted yellow and used as a power car for Network Rail's New Measurement Train.

 

43014 (Buffer Fitted) - Painted yellow and used as a power car for Network Rail's New Measurement Train.

 

43062 - Painted yellow and used as a power car for Network Rail's New Measurement Train.

 

43063 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Challenger, then Painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 13th December 2007.

 

43065 (Buffer Fitted) - Moved straight into storage at MoD Bicester with no further use. Transferred to Long Marston in early 2006. On 14th December 2006 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul. It was moved by road to Newcastle Heaton sometime in late October or early November 2007 for recommissioning. It returned to the mainline on 6th December 2007, on a Grand Central training run between Newcastle and Kings Cross. It then had a short trip to Crewe works for attention, and was returned to Heaton mid February 2008. It returned to passenger service in March 2008. It failed at Newark at the end of March 2008 and was left alone in the sidings for a few days. On the 1st April 2008 it was moved by road to Crewe works for repair. After being transported back to Heaton, again by road, it returned to service in early July 2008.

 

43067 (Buffer Fitted) - Painted yellow and used as a power car for Network Rail's New Measurement Train, entering service in Summer 2005. It was stored only a few months later at Derby Etches Park and moved to Long Marston in January 2006. On 19th December 2006 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul and repainting. It left DML and was moved by road to Newcastle Heaton on 22nd September 2007. It returned to the mainline on 8th November 2007, running from Heaton to York and back with 43080. The next day the same set successfully ran to Kings Cross and back. It returned to passenger carrying service with Grand Central on 18th December 2007, partnered with 43080. It was hauled to Brush, Loughborough along with 43068 on 6th May 2008 by 47818 for repairs. It stayed there a lot longer than 43068. When repairs were complete, it was hauled to Heaton by 47828. It worked up some test mileage by first running on the NMT for a day, and secondly by taking a trip across the country hauling a few coaches and 47375. After successful running, it returned to service a few days later.

 

43068 (Buffer Fitted) - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It could not be used due to complications from the electrical equipment fitted from its days of DVT work on the ECML. Unlike the other two that returned to Long Marston, it stayed at Landore and spare parts were removed from it. It finally returned to Long Marston and Porterbrook ownership on 23rd August 2006, being hauled by 47714. On 2nd January 2007 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul. It was moved by road to Newcastle Heaton on 5th December 2007. It returned to passenger service in March 2008. It was hauled to Brush, Loughborough along with 43067 on 6th May 2008 by 47818 for repairs. It returned to service a few weeks later, leaving 43067 behind at Brush. Following more problems, it was hauled by 20905 to Edinburgh Craigentinny on 5th August 2008. After a power unit swap it was returned to Heaton on 14th August 2008, again by 20905. It returned to service shortly after.
 

43069 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Enterprise then moved to the NRM in York. After a few months it moved to Derby Etches Park with 43070 for exams. It then worked for Midland Mainline again. On the 5th October it was taken off lease and stored, then moved to Long Marston with 43080 by 66536. It was moved to Laira in early June 2006 by road transport. It was moved to Brush by road on 25th May 2007. After MTU re-engineering was complete, it was moved to Landore on 3rd August 2007 by 47828. It returned to service on September 8th 2007.
 

43070 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Pathfinder, then moved to the NRM in York. After a few months moved to Derby Etches Park for exams. It worked on Virgin's summer HST trials on the 28th May and 4th June 2005. After it had its MML branding removed, it worked on GNER's Royal Ascot extras. It was then used on Virgin summer Saturday services again. Afterwards it was taken on by Cotswold Rail and moved to Tyseley on 14th October 2005 where it was vinyled into Cotswold Rail silver. It was on display at the NRM's Cab-It event 2005 on the 12th and 13th November, though its cab could not be visited by the public. It ran to Laira with 43087 and a full MML liveried Mk3 rake for an exam. It then spent some time doing charter work. On 8th August 2006 it went off lease, and along with 43087, moved to Laira under its own power. It was stored at Plymouth Laira for a while, then finally moved to Brush on 13th June 2007 by road. After re-engineering was complete it was hauled to Landore on 3rd September 2007 by 47810. It returned to service on 11th October 2007.

 

43071 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 14th July 2007.
 

43078 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Crusader, then painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. It temporarily worked for Midland Mainline for a few days starting 29th March 2005. On 16th November it was removed from use and stored at Edinburgh Craigentinny where it remained for a while. On 23rd May it was taken to Laira with 43197 by 47818. It was moved to Landore on 23rd June 2006 with 43165/197 by 47818 then to Brush on the 29th by 47828, in GNER livery. Originally it was just used for spare parts while re-engineering other power cars. It then entered the re-engineering program itself around November 2006. After re-engineering was complete it was hauled to Laira on 24th September 2007 by 47828, then moved to Landore by road on 1st November 2007. It returned to service on 27th November 2007.
 

43079 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Venturer, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 1st February 2008.

 

43080 (Buffer Fitted) - It was used by GNER temporarily before being used on VXC's summer Saturday HST trials in early summer 2005 but was not used for the rest of the summer. It remained at Neville Hill doing nothing until it was moved to MoD Bicester with 43069 on 5th October by 66536. It was transferred to Long Marston in late 2005. Sometime between 14th and 19th December 2006 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul and repainting. It left DML and was moved by road to Newcastle Heaton on 6th October 2007. It returned to the mainline on 8th November 2007, running from Heaton to York and back with 43067. The next day the same set successfully ran to Kings Cross and back. It returned to passenger carrying service with Grand Central on 18th December 2007, partnered with 43067.

 

43084 (Buffer Fitted) - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It could not be used due to complications from the electrical equipment fitted from its days of DVT work on the ECML, so it was moved back to Long Marston. On 14th December 2006 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul. It was moved by road to Newcastle Heaton sometime in late October or early November 2007 for recommissioning. It returned to passenger service in March 2008.
 

43086 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Talisman, then continued to work for Midland Mainline, then moved to MoD Bicester for storage. Virgin took it out for use on summer Saturday services and moved it to Neville Hill. After 43193's minor crash it was placed back into Midland Mainline's fleet as a replacement. On the 5th October it was taken off lease and stored. It remained at Neville Hill until 27th November when it was moved to Long Marston with 43159. It was taken out of storage and moved with 43159 to Gloucester. On the 30th May 2005 it was moved to Laira along with 43159 and 43193 by 47714 and 47813. Along with 43196, it was moved to DML Devonport in early March 2007, as a spares donor for the Grand Central power cars. It moved to Brush on 2nd July 2007 and entered the MTU re-engineering program. After re-engineering was complete it was hauled to Landore on 8th September 2007 by 47810. It returned to service on 12th October 2007.
 

43087 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Invader then moved to Crewe works for storage then to Derby Etches Park for exams. Began use again with Midland Mainline on the 23rd of June 2005. It left MML and went to Laira on 14th July 2005 to replace 43157 on the Virgin Summer services for a few weeks. After 43157 was repaired, it stayed at Neville Hill as a standby but wasn't needed again. Afterwards it was taken on by Cotswold Rail and moved to Tyseley on 14th October. It was vinyled into an advertising livery for Hornby Model Railways It was on display at the NRM's Cab-It event 2005 on the 12th and 13th November with an open cab. It ran to Laira with 43070 and a full MML liveried Mk3 rake for an exam. It then spent some time doing charter work. On 8th August 2006 it went off lease, and along with 43070, moved to Laira under its own power. It was stored at Plymouth Laira for a while, then finally moved to Brush on 25th July 2007 by road. After re-engineering was complete it was hauled to Landore on 2nd October 2007 by 31601. It returned to service on 5th December 2007.
 

43088 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Campaigner, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 9th October 2007.
 

43089 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Thunderer, then continued to work for Midland Mainline until 2nd November 2005, which made it the longest serving Rio power car with Midland Mainline. It was taken off lease, and the next day it was moved from Neville Hill to Brush Loughborough by 57601 and 47826. There, work was undertaken to convert it into Europe's first battery assisted diesel-electric locomotive. The technology is designed to cut harmful emissions by up to 50%. Batteries which are fitted to the coach just behind it charge up when the train brakes, instead of wasting the energy as heat. This power is then used when the train is moving off, just before the diesel engine kicks in. It moved to the Great Central Railway in early May 2007 and testing took place there with 2 coaches and standard power car 43160 as a partner. It was named Hayabusa, after the name of the project. After testing on the GCR was complete, it moved to Derby RTC in early July 2007. It was tested on the on the Midland Main Line from Derby at night in a consist of 43089 - Battery Coach - 3x Ex MML Mk3s - 43160. On 10th September 2007 it became part of the NMT. The trial project was successful, and the power car was retired in early October 2008. It shortly moved to Brush for conversion back into a standard power car as East Midlands Trains had added it to their fleet. After a repaint at Neville Hill, it returned to service (still with a Valenta) on 2nd February 2009.

 

43090 (Now 43290) - Moved straight into storage at MoD Bicester with no further use. Transferred to Long Marston in late 2005. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 23rd March 2006 after a short stop off at Neville Hill, for MTU re-engineering prior to returning to use with GNER. It left Brush on December 15th 2006, being accompanied to Neville Hill by 43072 (and it was rumoured a 60 was involved somewhere too). It returned to service on 27th December 2006. It has now been painted into National Express livery due to the takeover of GNER by NXEC.

 

43091 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 28th August 2007.

 

43092 - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. It was taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 24th February. It was hauled to Landore by 47828 on 22nd August 2006. It returned to service on September 26th 2006.
 

43093 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then moved to MoD Bicester. Purchased by FirstGroup and stored at the West Somerset Railway. On the 7th October 2005 it was hauled by 66620 to Landore along with 43123. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 19th January. It left Brush and was hauled to Landore by 47828 on 30th June 2006. It returned to service on August 3rd 2006.
 

43094 - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 24th February 2006. It has now left Brush and was hauled to Landore by 47714 on 3rd September. It returned to service on October 5th 2006.
 

43097 - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 19th January 2006. It was hauled to Landore by 47714 on 28th July 2006. It returned to service on September 5th 2006.
 

43098 - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 19th January 2006. It was hauled to Landore by 47714 on 28th July 2006. It returned to service on August 25th 2006.
 

43099 - Painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. Originally it was only a temporary spare along with 43102 but it is now a permanent move. NXEC took over the franchise in December 2007 and continue to use it.
 

43100 (Now 43300) - Moved straight into storage at MoD Bicester with no further use. Transferred to Long Marston in late 2005. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 23rd March 2006 after a short stop off at Neville Hill, for MTU re-engineering prior to returning to use with GNER. It left Brush on 1st December 2006 and was moved to Neville Hill accompanied by 43104 (MML). It returned to service on December 8th 2006. It has now been painted into National Express livery due to the takeover of GNER by NXEC.
 

43101 (Now 43301) - Originally moved to Brush, Loughborough to be overhauled for used on the NMT. However, problems including cab corrosion stopped this from happening. It then remained in a very sorry state at Brush for many years. It was left outside with no wheels, no engine and plants growing out of the front. Arriva then added it to the CrossCountry fleet and it was overhauled and fitted with an MTU engine. It left Brush on 16th July 2008 and after recommissioning at Neville Hill, it returned to service a few days later.

 

43102 - Painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. Originally it was only a temporary spare along with 43099 but it is now a permanent move. NXEC took over the franchise in December 2007 and continue to use it.

 

43103 (Now 43303) - Moved straight into storage at MoD Bicester with no further use. Transferred to Long Marston in early 2006. It became the power car that spent the longest time serving no purpose after coming off lease from Virgin. It finally left its storage site in the middle of a field for Brush on 9th July 2007. In early 2007 there was talk of it being used by Hull Trains but that idea was scrapped. Arriva then added it to the Cross Country fleet and it was overhauled and fitted with an MTU engine. It left Brush on 30th July 2008 and after recommissioning at Neville Hill, it returned to service a few days later.

 

43104 (Now 43304) - Painted into Midland Mainline livery and worked for Midland Mainline. It left the MML fleet when the franchise ended on 11th November 2007. It then moved to Wabtec Doncaster. It was then moved to Neville Hill, then Edinburgh Craigentinny sometime in late January/early February 2008. For staff training exercises, it was returned to non-passenger service along with 43166 in early March 2008. It returned to service with CrossCountry in late spring 2008, still in its old MML livery and with a Valenta engine. It ran to Brush on 28th August 2007. It left Brush on 12th December 2008 and returned to service a few days later.

 

43121 (Now 43321) - Moved straight into storage at MoD Bicester with no further use. Transferred to Long Marston in late 2005. Moved to Wabtec Doncaster on 26th October 2006 with 43157 by 47714 and 47828 (47714 Long Marston to Gloucester, 47828 Gloucester to Doncaster).  Along with 43157, it was used for testing the refurbished GNER (then NXEC) Mk3 coaches. In early 2007 there was talk of it being used by Hull Trains but that idea was scrapped. It was then indicated that it will be taken on by CrossCountry. It was taken to Brush by road on 25th January 2008. It was released from Brush on 10th September 2008 and ran to Craigentinny under its own power. It returned to service a few days later.

 

43122 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then purchased by FirstGroup and moved to MoD Bicester for storage. It was moved to Laira without going to Long Marston first. It stayed at Laira for months longer than all of the other power cars to be re-engineered. It finally was moved to Landore on 18th October 2006 with 43126 (not ex-Virgin) by 47810. The next day it was moved to Brush with 43126 and 43194 by 47714, completing the set of First Group owned power cars to enter the re-engineering process. It left Brush on 16th March 2007. It returned to service on 17th April 2007.
 

43123 (Buffer Fitted) - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then continued to work for Midland Mainline then moved to MoD Bicester. Purchased by FirstGroup and stored at the West Somerset Railway. On the 7th October 2005 it was hauled by 66620 to Landore along with 43093 then moved to St Philips Marsh by 66620 the next day. In late October 2005 it was returned to Landore. It could not be used due to complications from the electrical equipment fitted from its days of DVT work on the ECML, so it was moved back to Long Marston. On 2nd January 2007 it was transported by road to DML at Plymouth for overhaul. It arrived at Newcastle Heaton on 18th February 2008. It returned to passenger service on the 28th March 2008, making it the last Grand Central power car to enter service.
 

43153 - Stored at MoD Bicester then purchased by FirstGroup. Taken out of Bicester and moved to Landore. It was hauled to Brush on 29th June with 43078/165/197 by 47828. It left Brush on 9th November 2006 and was hauled back to Landore by 47813. It returned to service on December 2nd 2006.

 

43154 - Painted yellow and used as a power car for Network Rail's New Measurement Train. It was stored in November 2005 at Derby Etches Park and moved to Long Marston in January 2006. Purchased by FirstGroup and moved to Landore to be prepared to work for First on the Great Western Franchise. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 27th April, in NR Yellow livery. It was returned to Landore on 26th October 2006. It returned to service on November 21st 2006.

 

43155 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name City of Aberdeen (real nameplate but later de-named), then purchased by FirstGroup and stored at the West Somerset Railway. On the 10th October 2005 it was hauled by 47150 to Reading along with 43198 and 43094. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 27th April 2006. It left Brush and was returned to Landore on 9th October 2006 with 43165 (not ex-Virgin) by 47714. It returned to service on November 22nd 2006.
 

43156 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Champion, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western.
 

43157 (Now 43357) - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then continued to work for Midland Mainline for the longest in Virgin unbranded livery. It left MML in early summer 2005 to go to Virgin summer Saturday services. It failed at Par on the 9th of July 2005 and was moved from Laira to Neville Hill on 14th July 2005. It was replaced by 43087 Rio Invader. After it was fixed, it was returned to the Cross Country fleet on the 20th of August 2005, replacing Rio Invader. Afterwards it was taken on by Cotswold Rail and moved to Oxley, then to Tyseley, then to Gloucester Horton Road. It never did any work for Cotswold Rail. On 12th July 2006 it was stored, and on 19th July 2006 it was moved to Long Marston by 47714. Moved to Wabtec Doncaster on 26th October 2006 with 43121 by 47714 and 47828 (47714 Long Marston to Gloucester, 47828 Gloucester to Doncaster). Along with 43121, it was used for testing the refurbished GNER (then NXEC) Mk3 coaches. It was taken to Brush by road sometime in February 2008. It became the last ever HST power car to be fitted with an MTU engine and OTMR, and also the last to lose its Virgin red livery. It left Brush on 26th September 2008 and returned to CrossCountry service a few days later, completing the returning to service of all ex-Virgin power cars. (Of course 007/104/166/178/184 still had to be MTU fitted at the time, but don't forget that these saw a good few years service with Midland Mainline beforehand).

 

43158 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then moved to MoD Bicester for storage, then to Long Marston in late 2005. It was moved to Landore to be prepared to work for First Great Western. It was then moved to Brush, Loughborough on 27th April 2006. It was hauled to Laira with 43198 by 47810 on 27th September 2006. It returned to service on October 26th 2006.
 

43159  - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Warrior, then continued to work for Midland Mainline for a short period, before being moved to MoD Bicester for storage. Virgin took it out for use on summer Saturday services in 2005 and moved it to Neville Hill. It was decided not to use it for Virgin extras in the end. It remained at Neville Hill until 27th November 2005 when it was moved to Long Marston with 43086. It was taken out of storage and moved with 43086 to Gloucester. On the 30th May 2005 it was moved to Laira along with 43086 and 43193 by 47714 and 47813. It was then moved to Brush by road on 1st February 2007. After MTU re-engineering was complete, it was moved to Landore on 26th July 2007 by 47810. It returned to service on 30th October 2007.

 

43160 - Moved to Brush, Loughborough in March or April 2004 and remained there doing nothing until repair work started in 2006 (during which it was also painted into the First blue livery). It moved to the Great Central Railway (still with a Valenta) in late April 2007. It was named Porterbrook and worked on the GCR as a partner for 43089, trying out the new battery hybrid technology. See 43089 for details. After testing on the GCR was complete it moved to Derby RTC in early July 2007. It formed part of a test train which worked on the on the Midland Main Line from Derby at night in a consist of 43089 - Battery Coach - 3x Ex MML Mk3s - 43160. It then entered the re-engineering program in late August 2007. It left Brush on 5th November 2007 and was hauled to Landore for re-commissioning. It returned to service on 8th January 2008.
 

43161 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Monarch, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 13th March 2007.
 

43162 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Project Rio, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 20th October 2007.
 

43166 (Now 43366) - Painted into Midland Mainline livery and worked for Midland Mainline. It left the MML fleet when the franchise ended on 11th November 2007. It then moved to Wabtec Doncaster. It was then moved to Neville Hill, then Edinburgh Craigentinny sometime in late January/early February 2008. For staff training exercises, it was returned to non-passenger service along with 43104 in early March 2008. It also worked for Grand Central for a few days in early April 2008. It returned to service with CrossCountry in late spring 2008, still in its old MML livery and with a Valenta engine. It ran to Brush on 25th September 2007. It left Brush on 23rd January 2009 and ran to Craigentinny on its own (with a barrier vehicle). It returned to service a few days later.

 

43178 (Now 43378) - Painted into Midland Mainline livery and worked for Midland Mainline. It left the MML fleet when the franchise ended on 11th November 2007. It then moved to Wabtec Doncaster. It was moved to Neville Hill in late January/early February 2008. Then it was hauled along with 43007/184 to Edinburgh Craigentinny by 47237/57005. It returned from store in early April 2008 as a temporary spare for NXEC and also Grand Central due to power car shortages. It returned to service with CrossCountry in late spring 2008, still in its old MML livery and with a Valenta engine. It entered Brush for overhaul, repaint into CrossCountry livery and MTU engine fitting on 30th July 2008. It left Brush on 27th November 2008, running to Craigentinny with NXEC 43319. It returned to service a few days later.

 

43180 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Glory, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 11th February 2008.

 

43184 (Now 43384) - Painted into Midland Mainline livery and worked for Midland Mainline. It left the MML fleet when the franchise ended on 11th November 2007. It then moved to Wabtec Doncaster. It was moved to Neville Hill in late January/early February 2008. Then it was hauled along with 43007/178 to Edinburgh Craigentinny by 47237/57005. It returned to service with CrossCountry in late spring 2008, still in its old MML livery and with a Valenta engine. It entered Brush for overhaul, repaint into CrossCountry livery and MTU engine fitting on 16th July 2008. It left Brush on 7th November 2008 and worked to Craigentinny with an NXEC power car. It returned to service a few days later.

 

43193 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Triumph, then continued to work for Midland Mainline then taken out of service after hitting a car. Put back in service about a month afterwards. Left MML to work on Virgin summer Saturday services 2004. Afterwards it was taken on by Cotswold Rail and moved to Oxley, then to Tyseley, then to Gloucester Horton Road. It didn't do any work for Cotswold Rail. On the 30th May 2005 it left Cotswold Rail and was moved to Laira along with 43086 and 43159 by 47714 and 47813. It was stored at Plymouth Laira for a while, then finally moved to Brush on 19th July 2007 by road. It left Brush on 26th October 2007 and was moved my road to Laira for a G exam. It finally returned to service on 5th March 2008.
 

43194 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio still in Virgin unbranded livery with no name, then moved to Crewe Works for some reason, then to MoD Bicester. It was moved to Landore without going to Long Marston first. It was painted into the First neon livery on one side as an example for the managers. It stayed at Landore months longer than all of the other power cars for re-engineering. It finally left on 19th October 2006, being hauled to Brush with 43122 and 43126 (not ex-Virgin) by 47714, completing the set of First Group owned power cars to enter the re-engineering process. It left Brush on 10th June 2007 and was moved to Landore for re-commissioning. It returned to service on 5th July 2007.

 

43195 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Swift, then painted into FGW livery and works for First Great Western. Its first MTU engined working took place on 22nd July 2007.
 

43196 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Prince, then moved to Crewe works for storage then to Derby Etches Park for exams. It didn't work on any of the trial services but it replaced 43080(Unbranded GNER Livery) later on for the main summer services. After it had its MML branding removed, it worked on GNER's Royal Ascot extras. It was then used on Virgin summer Saturday services again. Afterwards it went off lease but remained at Neville Hill. Eventually, 47826 took it to Brush Works, Loughborough. It was released in Network Rail yellow and was moved to Derby RTC. It was a spare power car for the NMT for a few months, but only used once or twice. On December 7th 2006 it was hauled to Landore with by 47714 then moved to Laira a few days later. Along with 43086, it was moved to DML Devonport in early March 2007, possibly as a spares donor for the Grand Central power cars. It then moved back to Laira, then was moved by road to Brush on 10th July 2007. It left Brush on 19th October 2007 and was hauled to Landore by 47703. It returned to service on 24th November 2007.
 

43197 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Princess, then painted into GNER livery and worked for GNER. On the 3rd of January 2006 it was stored in the morning but reinstated in the afternoon, possibly to stand in for 43008 which suffered cab damage after a collision with Voyager 221139. In April 2006 it was stored at Edinburgh Craigentinny. On 23rd May 2006 it was taken to Laira with 43078 by 47818. It was moved to Landore on 23rd June 2006 with 43165/197 by 47818 then to Brush on the 29th by 47828, in GNER livery. Originally it was just used for spare parts while re-engineering other power cars. It then entered the re-engineering program itself around November 2006. It left Brush on 30th March 2007. It returned to service on May 3rd 2007.
 

43198 - Worked for Midland Mainline's Project Rio under the name Rio Victorious, then moved to MoD Bicester for storage. Purchased by FirstGroup and stored at the West Somerset Railway. On the 10th October 2005 it was hauled by 47150 to Reading along with 43155 and 43094, then to Landore. It was moved to Brush, Loughborough on 19th January 2006, still in MML livery. Moved to Laira with 43158 by 47810 on 27th September 2006. It returned to service on October 26th 2006.

 

43028, 43029, 43041, 43042, 43164 and 43165 also worked for Virgin at some point but only in Intercity Swallow livery, never carrying the Virgin livery themselves. All now work for First Great Western.

 

If you spot any errors or know something I've missed on this page please email me on wayfarerfotopic@gmail.com.

 

2005-2009 Jim of UK Wayfarer. Many thanks to www.wnxx.com, www.hstgen.co.uk and various individuals for helping provide information.