Class 221 Super Voyager

Built to replace many of the HSTs and locomotive hauled services by (as it was then called) Virgin Cross Country, the Class 221 Super Voyager is similar to the Class 220 but has a number of key differences. They are fitted with tilting mechanisms to able to tackle curved track at higher speeds (able to reach 125 mp/h) and have a different type of bogie though the body and much of the equipment is the same as on the 220. The tilting mechanism has been deactivated on 221s operated by Cross Country [1].

Number built: 195 (43 4 and 5 car sets + 2 spare)
Built: 2001-02
Builder: Bombardier
Engine: Cummins QSK19 diesel per car
Power: (5-car) 3, 750 hp (2, 796 kW)
(4-car) 3, 000 hp (2, 237 kW)
Formation: Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL)+Motor Standard Lavatory
(MSL)+MSL+Motor Standard with Miniature Buffet (MSRMB)
+Driving Motor First Lavatory (DMFL)

The 221 operates in 4 and 5 car formations with 2 driving cars being kept by Virgin Trains as a spare. Virgin Trains West Coast only operate 5-car sets, using them on services on the West Coast Main Line and into North Wales. Cross Country operate on services across the network.
XC 221 122 at Leamington Spa

Virgin 221 at Stafford

XC 221 113 at Leamington Spa

A XC 221 passes through Lapworth

[1] Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition Guide (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 175