Published at 16:32 on Thursday 30th July 2020
Tags: LSL, Locomotive Services, Statesman Rail, Midland Pullman, HST, Charter

How the LSL HST set will look when it emerges from Eastleigh Works in October. Midland Pullman Ltd

Statesman Rail has confirmed that the latest charter train venture from Locomotive Services Limited will begin with an inaugural journey later this year.

Rumours have circulated for some time that the LSL-owned HST set would appear in a somewhat different livery. It has now been confirmed that both powercars and all nine trailer vehicles are to be outshopped in a modified 'Blue Pullman' livery, close to that of the original trains. Like the original sets, the HST powercar will not carry a yellow front end, thanks to modified headlights.

The train is being painted and assembled at Eastleigh Works by Arlington Fleet Services, prior to moving to Crewe in October. The first train will operate from London St Pancras to Manchester, traversing the route of the original trains as far as Ambergate, from where the charter will head north to Chesterfield and over the Hope Valley to Manchester, in order to visit the Christmas Market. Bookings are being handled by Statesman Rail for the initial journey, ahead of a full launch for the new brand next year.

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