LNER’s Pantograph Problems

LNER Intercity 91
Credit: Brian Hall Photography

London North Eastern Railway (LNER) urged passengers not to travel on Tuesday 16th April 2019, after 10 Class 91 locomotives were taken out of service.

The East Coast Mainline suffered severe disruption on Tuesday 10th April 2019 after the 25kv overhead line equipment caused pantograph damage to 30% of LNER’s electic fleet; as a result 26 of LNER’s 148 daily services were cancelled, the majority being Leeds to London Kings Cross.

Damage to the trains was said to have been caused by “a faulty component on the OHLE between Peterborough and Stevenage.”

A tweet posted by LNER said, “multiple locomotives” arriving into Kings Cross were found to have damaged pantographs.

LNER said that any passengers who were unable to make their journey on Tuesday, would have their tickets accepted on Wednesday (17th April 2019), as well as have the option to have their tickets refunded. Mutual ticket acceptance was also arranged on various other train operators in an effort to keep passengers on the move.

What did the officials say?

Managing Director of LNER, David Horne said:

“if the trains had continued in service, there would be a risk of further damage and disruption, so we took the decision to take them out of service.”

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  1. Hope that the Class 800 and Class 801 IETs wont cause problems or damage with the overhead wiring on the ECML when LNER are to introduce their new Azuma IET trains in service in May this year.


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