Harborough rail users
Improving the quality of Market Harborough's rail service
EMR were clearly not going to let the demise of the HSTs pass unnoticed. Not only had they repainted HST power-car 43102 in BR InterCity 'Swallow' livery (see post for 24/02/2021 below), on 14th April they revealed 43274 repainted very smartly in their deep purple house-style. Considering the design of the HST dates back to 1975, it carried the livery remarkably well. The pictures below show it at the head of the 16:29 from Market Harborough to Nottingham (15:34 from St Pancras) on 16th April 2021.
Speed King: HST power-car 43274 in the EMR deep purple livery awaits departure from Market Harborough with 16:29 to Nottingham on 16th April 2021.
(Photos: Steve Jones)
The electrification of the railway between Bedford and Corby is due to come into service with the new timetable on 15th May. There has long been a desire to see the electrification of the whole Midland Main Line, and the first stage of that, from Kettering to Market Harborough, is now in the early stages of implementation. Vegetation clearance along the lineside from Kettering is well under way, with trees being either felled or trimmed back where they are too close to the line and the future overhead wires. Work on the new substation that will feed the electrification has also started. This is near Braybrooke, where the National Grid high-voltage power line crosses the railway. The substation is due to be completed by autumn 2022, in time for the electrification itself to be installed.
Clearing the way. Contractors trimming back the lineside vegetation south of Market
Harborough station in preparation for the extension of electrification from Kettering.
Photo: Steve Jones