FGW Valentas

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  1. Ivo

    Ivo Established Member

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    Hey all,

    Is anyone able to advise as to when exactly FGW converted their HSTs to MTU engines please? I ask because as far as I am aware, I never got to travel on a Valenta-engined unit - but thinking about it, I *may* have. I do not know the set in question, which obviously won't help, but I did travel on an FGW HST between St Erth and Liskeard in late June or early July 2006. Would this have been early enough to have been a Valenta?

    TIA :)
     
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  3. Lampshade

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    All I know is 43002 and 43003 ran as 253001 as part of the farewell tour in December 2007 :)

    Courtesy of Yorkie's HST album :lol:
     
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    You had a very good chance of getting a Valenta at the time, can't say for certain with the details given though.
     
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    All i can say for sure is, moi last trip wi' a Valenta was in March '07, 43190 Newport-Cdf.
     
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    Last one was 30th January 2010 from Sunderland to Kings Cross. A while after that, I lost interest.

    On a related note, I saw 43058 and 43082 passing Duffield on Sunday and I had forgotten what noise HSTs could still make! Still not rating them again, but I was surprised!
     
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    As this was 2006, you may have had a half set - With an MTU'd Power Car on the London End, and a Valenta or VP185 on the Penzance end.
     
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    they sound like buses now!
     
  9. Martin_1981

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    I did Plymouth to St Erth on the 7.45 Pad-Pnz HST in September 2007, with an MTU on the front and a Valenta on the rear.

    About 6 weeks previously, I did Exeter-Plymouth return on a FGW HST and had all Valenta sets both ways, with the original IC70's seats in. Was great!
     
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    Remember that EMT HSTs (being at Duffield) have Paxman VP185s, which make a significantly better sound than MTUs!
     
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