EMT HST service to Skegness this year?

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Hi, was wondering......

Does anyone know if East Midland Trains are running a HST set to Skeggy this year from Nottingham? my friends & I took advantage of it in 2009 & had a great day.

Sadly the train wasnt full on either direction so im guessing they may have pulled the plug :cry: Dont fancy being squashed on a 156/8 for 2 hours :)

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They're still running it. This year it will operate from 21st July to 8th September - apparently improvement works on the Skegness line will see improved journey times.
 
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Hi, was wondering......

Does anyone know if East Midland Trains are running a HST set to Skeggy this year from Nottingham? my friends & I took advantage of it in 2009 & had a great day.

Sadly the train wasnt full on either direction so im guessing they may have pulled the plug :cry: Dont fancy being squashed on a 156/8 for 2 hours :)

Cheers
I went on it last year and it was full - all the seats taken. EMT are offering a Skegness return for £20 and you can return on any service (off peak) within a month. There was large dwell times at stations though - 15 mins at Sleaford and Boston I seem to recall.
 

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I've done a bit more digging, and the timings are available in the current EMT Nottingham to Skegness timetable. Derby - Nottingham times from NRE.

Timings as follows;

Derby 0753
Long Eaton 0803
Beeston 0812
Nottingham 0819 / 0824
Sleaford 0910 / 0917
Boston 0938 / 0949
Skegness 1030

Skegness 1140
Boston 1218 / 1225
Sleaford 1247
Nottingham 1342 / 1352
Beeston 1359
Long Eaton 1408
Derby 1420
 
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Thanks guys/gals, just a pity there isnt a return HST! :) I presume the 17:30 & 18:14 departures back are formed of a 156/8 with a 153 bolted on for good measure?
 
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