Diesel Electric Multiple Unit Class 222 “Meridian” & “Pioneer” - United Kingdom

In 2002 and 2003 Bombardier Transportation received an order  for a total  of 27 diesel-electric multiple unit cars for HSBC Rail UK Limited. The 125 mph (200 km/h)  Class 222 trains are run by the operator’s East Midland Trains and Hull Trains as 4, 5 and 9 section configurations and run on the routes London-Nottingham, London-Sheffield and London-Derby. The 23 trains of East Midland Trains carry the designation "Meridian", the remaining 4 trains of Hull Trains are referred to as "Pioneer" . The diesel-electric multiple units are based on Bombardier's highly successful, proven “Voyager” design and the trains are fitted out to the highest standard. In contrast to these, however,  they are equipped with extensive catering facilities to enable the operator to provide high levels of service to their customers with retail outlets and at seat trolley services. Other features include an electronic seat reservation system, on-board CCTV, superior First Class accommodation, with 2+1 seating and comprehensive facilities in each vehicle. The trains are of modern, stylish design, are fully air-conditioned and meet all relevant requirements for disabled people.

“Meridian”
Operator Midland Mainline
Length 93.7 m (4-car train)
208.7 m (9-car train)
Width 2,730 mm
Max. Speed 200 km/h
Seated Passengers 174 (4-car train)
478 (9-car train)
“Pioneer”
Operator Hull Trains
Length 93.7 m (4-car train)
Width 2,730 mm
Max. speed 200 km/h
Seated passengers 192 (4-car train)
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