Voyager at Tyseley South Junction
Originally uploaded by Kevin R Boyd
The tilting mechanism on Cross Country’s fleet of 28 class 221 Voyagers is being de-activated. Though it was only used between Oxford and Banbury, it has been a persistent source of problems. The feature will remain on Virgin’s own class 221 fleet, which use the mechanism on the West Coast Main Line to enable them to run at 125mph throughout.
The tilt feature adds 8 tons to the weight of each vehicle. A case of ignoring the maxim to keep things simple.