The South Yorkshireman was started by British Railways in May 1948. It left Bradford Exchange daily at 10:00, returning from London at 16:50, and calling at Huddersfield, Sheffield, and Leicester; in some years at least, also at Halifax, Brighouse, Penistone, Nottingham, Rugby and Aylesbury. It was not a particularly fast service even by the standards of that era, the down train taking 5 hours 30 minutes to get from London to Bradford. It usually had nine coaches including a restaurant car, and was often hauled by a Gresley A3 Pacific. The train continued running until 1960, when all long-distance expresses on the former Great Central route were withdrawn.
The South Yorkshireman in its current form started on 15 December 2008. The service was named as part of an East Midlands Trains competition to name two new crack express trains.
The up (southbound) train in 2010 has an end-to-end journey time of 2 hours 24 minutes. The down (northbound) train takes 2 hours 9 minutes.
The South Yorkshireman currently[when?] calls at (southbound):
- Long Eaton
- East Midlands Parkway
- London St Pancras
The South Yorkshireman currently[when?] calls at (northbound):
Other named trains
East Midlands Trains operates three other named trains called:
- Hawkins, Mac (1991). The Great Central then and now. Newton Abbott: David & Charles. pp. 10, 132. ISBN 0-7153-9326-X.
- British Railway Journal, vol. 5, issue 45.
- Leicester Central train departures June to September 1957, British Railways.
- Named Trains, Britishrailways.info.
- "Passengers and staff name two new business trains for Sheffield". East Midlands Trains. 9 October 2008.
- East Midlands Trains
- InterCity 125
- British Rail Class 222
- List of named passenger trains of the United Kingdom