Prototype::British Rail Class 43 (HST)


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Locomotive 41001, the prototype for the Class 43, was reregistered as Class 43/9 number 43000 to facilitate main line movements.

In May 2011 the National Railway Museum (NRM) announced that the remaining HST prototype power car 41001 would undergo full restoration work.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref> A long-term loan was agreed between the NRM and the 125 Group of volunteers for the locomotive and a Paxman Valenta RP200L engine. The replacement engine (no. S508) was required as the original Valenta engine (no. S183) had been sectioned for display purposes. The S508 engine was lifted into the locomotive at Neville Hill depot on 29 June 2012.<ref>{{#invoke:Citation/CS1 | citation |CitationClass=audio-visual }}</ref>

In order to facilitate a main line move, Class 41 prototype HST power car 41001 was re-registered as a Class 43/9 locomotive, with the number 43000. It is the only locomotive in this sub-class.<ref name="powertrip">{{#invoke:Citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=journal }}</ref>

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