HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation

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Ken Shabby
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HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation

Postby Ken Shabby » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:07 pm

I never thought it would happen, but i've just bought a couple of Lima HST power cars, which are in intercity Swallow livery.
I'm trying to firstly find out if I can run these power cars with Mk3 coaches in the earlier mid 80's intercity livery which has 'iNTERCITY; in the earlier font, and secondly some information about a correct reasonably short HST train formation. My platforms will take the 2 power cars and just about 5 full length MK3 coaches. I have no coaches at the moment so my son has loaned me some of the short Hornby ones.
Although my layout is Southern , the idea is the HST is a daily cross country service from the north., I am of course aware HST rarely , If ever visited the Southern
Kind regards, Ken

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Re: HST formations and liveries from 1991 to privatisation

Postby pete12345 » Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:34 pm

There will inevitably have been some crossover during livery transitions. I've seen pictures of intercity power cars hauling blue/grey coaches, so your scenario sounds plausible enough. For a 5-coach train, PC-1st-buffet-2nd-2nd-2nd-PC would be a reasonable formation I think.

The HST is an ideal candidate for equipping with close couplings such as those manufactured by Keen Systems. Really improves the look of the train and with a fixed set such as this there's no concern about compatibility.
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