Kettering Station 2014'
East Midland Trains class 222016 with a train to Corby at Kettering station in 2014
Kettering station station still has most of its old platform canopies remaining. There are four platforms at Kettering station, the two over the foot bridge, numbers three and four, are used by East Midland trains. Not all trains stop in Kettering station. Platform one and two are use by The Corby trains with 2 used the most. Freight also uses platform 1 and 2.
There are lifts here which have been put for wheel chairs and mothers with push chairs ect. There is a buffet and ticket office at Kettering and the size of the car park shows the station is well used. It has East Midlands excellent platform displays giving time now, next train due at (mins late) and stations this train is to.
The main platforms are on the fast lines and non stop trains wizz though. The displays warn when non stop trains are coming though, yellow lines are painted on the platforms and passengers are warned to keep behind these.
East Midland Trains class 222019 with a down train at Kettering station in 2014
The Class 222s
The first of the class 222 entered public service on the Midland mainline at the end of May 2004. They are based on the same body design of the 'Voyager' run by Virgin Trains, but have lots of detail differences. These include seat placement with seating 2+1 in 1st class and 2+2 in 2nd class better sound proofing and many other details.
East Midlands Class 222s run in four and nine car sets making about 127 vehicles in all.
Midland Mainline class 170s were replaced by these Class 222s as the new trains came into service. Two hundred drivers needed 12 working days in the class room and on train training when these Meridians came into service.
The Midland Mainline Class 222s were built at the Bombardier Wakefield plant and then assembled in Brugge. The day to day repairs are done at Eltches Park Depot at Derby. Also some work may be done at Bombardier's Central Rivers depot.
The Meridian fleet was introduced from the end of May in 2004 with just one or two trains then in service . The Mdland Mainline's class 170s which it used befor were displaced as new class 222 replaced them.
Today (2014) the 222s have been all painted in the East Midland Trains colours.
East Midland Trains class 222009 with a up train at Kettering station in 2014
East Midland Trains HST 43054 with a train with a failed train on the 10th of June 2014 only this end HST power car was working. This set had spent about two hours in platform 1 and was heading back north. There were no passengers on it, when it came and none when it left.
East Midland Trains HST 43048 T C B Miller in platform 1 at Kettering station on the other end of the train above.
Network Rail class 950001 in Kettering station on the 10th of June 2014
This track assessment unit was built from new using a class 150 body shell, and classified as a Class 180 test unit in 1987. It has since been re-classified as class 950 001 so as to not to be confused with the class 180 Adelante units. This unit is often used were the larger Nework Rail test trains cannot go. It is painted in full Network Rail Yellow.
Network Rail class 950001 leaving Kettering station on the down slow also on the 10th of June 2014 heading for Derby?