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Class 180s enter MML service - Posted: December 14, 2020 - 11:33 PM Quote and reply
Reports that a pair of Class 180's have entered service on some MML diagrams:

Todays diagrams were planned to be:

180111+180110

1C06 0519 Derby to St Pancras International

Then split for:
180110
1D09 0735 St Pancras International to Nottingham
1B31 1012 Nottingham to St Pancras International
1D33 1234 St Pancras International to Nottingham
1B53 1445 Nottingham to St Pancras International

180111
1M04 0749 St Pancras International to Corby
1P05 0932 Corby to St Pancras International
1D26 1105 St Pancras International to Nottingham
1B46 1312 Nottingham to St Pancras International
5B46 1528 St Pancras International to Cricklewood Depot
5D56 1555 Cricklewood Depot to St Pancras International

Combine for
1D56 1705 St Pancras International to Nottingham

Then split for:
180110
1B77 1912 Nottingham to St Pancras International
1P77 2130 St Pancras International to Derby

180111
1B79 1945 Nottingham to St Pancras International
1F79 2150 St Pancras International to Derby

In traditional Class 180 fashion - both suffered technical hitches. the fire alarms sounding on 180110 and a door failure on 180111.

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Poor early running for EMR MML 180's - Posted: December 16, 2020 - 7:12 PM Quote and reply
Tues 15 Dec 180111 on the 110:05 STP to NOTT and 13:12 return.
Poorly performing unit. Lost traction power from Wellingborough southbound despite engine still running - but just idling. Engine revs did rise to what sounded like full power but noted no change at the crucial gear change speeds around 68mph and 98mph. So assuming transmission had not engaged.
Paltry 70mph over Sharnbrook summit from a Wellingborough start.
Sluggish performance even when it was supposedly running on 5 engines 0-100mph in 3 mins 45 sec - approx a minute slower than an average Class 222.

Weds 16 December. Reports the 180's not out due to faults.
A HST was out on a midday Sheffield to St Pancras turn, so assuming a pair of 222's was sent out in the morning instead of the 180's.

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