Class 220

Post-privatisation the Class 220 Voyagers DMUs (or to be more precise Diesel Electric Multiple Units DEMUs) were built to replace HSTs and locomotive hauled passenger trains on long-distance cross country routes. They were originally operated by Virgin Trains but nowadays are all operated by Cross Country.

Number built: 34 4-car sets
Built: 2000-01
Builder: Bombardier Bruges
Engine: Cummins QSK19 diesel per car
Power: 3, 000 hp (2, 440 kW)
Formation: Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL)+Motor Standard (MS)+
Motor Standard Lavatory (MSL)+Driving Motor First Lavatory (DMFL)

The Voyagers are high speed units able to reach 125 mp/h, every car in the unit has an engine, though cannot tilt like the Class 221. Although generally reliable units which form the backbone of Cross Country, the Voyagers have had a few problems.

They are generally shorter (at 4 cars) than the trains they replaced like the HST though initial passenger capacity was increased slightly by getting rid of the buffet, however overcrowding remains a problem with them. An option which has been discussed is to lengthen the Class 220s with a pantograph equipped fifth car turning the units into electro-diesels or as is commonly referred to these days "bi-mode", however it does not look as if this will be carried out.

Another problem with the Voyagers is that they are vulnerable to sea water which can badly affect their electronics. They are barred from running where the line runs alongside the sea such as at Dawlish if sea conditions are rough there is a good chance of spray!
220 011 at Banbury

220 024 at Birmingham New Street

220 033 at Barnt Green