Class 222 Meridian

The Class 222 Meridian is similar to the Class 220 and 221 in being new generation high speed diesel units though they have a different interior to the other units with more space available due to more components being fitted under the floor. They were originally built for Midland Main Line and Hull Trains [1].

Information
Number built: 143 cars in 23 4, 5 and 7-car sets
Built: 2003-05
Builder: Bombardier Brugge
Motor: Cummins QSK9R diesel per car
Power: (222/0 7-car) 5, 250 hp (3, 920 kW)
(222/0 5-car) 3, 750 hp (2, 800 kW)
(222/1) 3, 000 hp (2, 240 kW)
Formation: 7-car : Driving Motor First (DMF)+Motor First (MF)+MF+Motor
Standard Shop Buffet (MSRMB)+Motor Standard (MS)+MS+
Driving Motor Standard (DMS)
5-car : DMF+Motor Composite (MC)+MSRMB+MS+DMS
4-car : DMF+MC+MSRMB+DMS

After the franchise change on the Midland main line they were transferred to East Midland Trains. The Hull Trains units (which were known as "Pioneers") were later transferred to EMT who remain the sole operator.

They work the majority of East Midlands Trains expresses out of London St Pancras. The Meridians come in a number of different formations (see above).
EMT 222 014 at Bedford

222 004 and friend at Derby

A Meridian passes through Duffield

222 005 at Leicester

A Meridian passes through Belper

222 005 at Sheffield


[1] Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 177