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Rail Charter Services to use HST on the 'Staycation Express' (01.03.21, updated 05.03.21)

Rail Charter Services' 'Staycation Express' which last year used heritage diesels from classes 20, 37, 40 and 47 has announced it will use a HST set this summer. The new service which started in July last year running three weekday round trips per day from Skipton to Appleby will also run through to Carlisle this year. A new light green livery for the HST and Mk3 coaches will be introduced (see below), so Locomotive Services will form a second HST set to complemnt the Blue Pullman HST set which was introduced towards the end of last year.

Image courtesy of Rail Charter Services.

The new HST service will run Saturday to Thursday and is expected to start on 19th July running through to 11th or 12th September. A morning departure from Appleby will be around 09.30, returning from Skipton at around 11.15 and running through to Carlisle. The HST set will run as a 2 + 5 formation comprising all First Class open coaches. Two ex East Midlands Railway power cars will be repainted, with a third available as a spare.

Further news will be announced by Rail Charter Services soon: click here