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Era 11 (2016 to 2021) Current Era
The original Blue Pullman trains were introduced by British Rail in 1960. The 1955 Modernisation Plan envisioned luxury diesel express trains as a way of competing against motor cars and domestic air travel. Built in Birmingham by Metro-Cammell, two variants were created; two first class six-car sets for the London Midland Region, operating from London St Pancras to Manchester Central, and three two class eight-car units which ran on the Western Region from London Paddington to various destinations. The London to Manchester train was known as the Midland Pullman and reduced the record time between the two cities from 3 hours 50 minutes to just 3 hours 15 minutes. The last Midland Pullman ran in 1966 after the electrification of the London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly line which allowed journeys to be completed in just two and a half hours. In 2020 it was announced that Locomotive Services Limited would begin to run a Blue Pullman service from St Pancras to Manchester Piccadilly along the Midland Main Line. This exciting new service, offering amazing views of the Derbyshire Peak District, combines the historic Blue Pullman with the Iconic Class 43 HST which will feature a new Nanking Blue livery replicating that of the original Blue Pullmans.
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LNER, Class 43 HST, The LNER 'Farewell Tour' Train Pack - Era 11
FGW, Class 43 HST Train Pack - Era 10
ScotRail, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43021 and 43132 'A New Era' - Era 10
BR, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43123 and 43065 'City of Edinburgh' - Era 8
BR, Class 43, DVT - Era 8
ScotRail, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43033 and 43183 - Era 11
Class 43 HST 'NRM40' Virgin Trains East Coast HST
GWR, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43093 'Old Oak Common - HST Depot 1976-2018' and 43016 - Era 11
LNER, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43315 and 43309 - Era 11
BR InterCity, Class 43 HST Pack, Power Car and Dummy Power Car W43002 and W43003 - Era 7
Cross Country, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43357 and 43304 - Era 10
GWR, Class 43 HST, 'Meningitis Trust Support for Life' Train Pack - Era 11
Network Rail, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43013 'Mark Carne CBE' and 43014 'The Railway Observer' - Era
GWR, Class 43 HST, Power Cars 43002 'Sir Kenneth Grange' and 43198 - Era 11