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East Midlands Trains is pleased to announce that it has been able to secure an additional power car for its HST fleet. Power car 43089, on lease from Porterbrook, will be joining the East Midlands Trains fleet at the start of December.
Commenting Richard Elwen, HST Fleet Manager said:
“We know that there has been much industry speculation about where 43089 will be going, and we are pleased to announce that it will be coming to East Midlands Trains at the start of December and will help to support the HST fleet throughout the new timetable.
“In addition to securing this new power car, which will help support the fleet and improve reliability, we are also in the process of installing new engines in our HSTs, and will be embarking on a range of interior improvements to the coaches early in the new year.”
Alex White, Operations Director for Porterbrook said "We are delighted to be able to offer 43089 to East Midlands Trains as an augmentation vehicle to the existing HST fleet. 43089 has only recently returned from deployment on the successful Hayabusa project. We believe that the introduction of 43089 will add some resilience to the East Midlands Trains HST fleet as they embark on some ambitious refurbishment projects in 2009".
43089 will become the 26th power car in the East Midlands Trains fleet.