East Midlands Railway operates trains between Sheffield/Nottingham/Corby and London. They also run a selection of services across the East Midlands, including on longer distance regional services such as Norwich to Liverpool and Lincoln to Leicester. They have a fleet of 104 trains which serve 99 stations. They actually operate more stations, as they run Willington and Burton-on-Trent, as well as the stations between Nuneaton and Leicester, and Leicester and Peterborough (only served by CrossCountry trains).
On board services
As East Midlands Railway has a fairly diverse fleet, the luggage storage provision can be variable. However, on the ‘Meridian’ trains between Sheffield/Nottingham and London, it’s particularly poor. The overhead racks are only suitable for the smallest items.
It’s possible to purchase food and drink on long-distance services between Sheffield/Nottingham and London. You can either visit the buffet car or some services also have a trolley.
Free WiFi is available on trains to/from London. Be aware that the design of the ‘Meridian’ trains between Sheffield/Nottingham and London can make it difficult to maintain a strong WiFi or data signal.
You’ll need a reservation to bring your non-folding bike on the train if you’re travelling on services from London St Pancras to Sheffileld/Nottingham, and between Liverpool and Norwich. All other trains have spaces that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. You can’t bring non-folding bikes on ‘Connect‘ services that arrive at London St Pancras before 10:00 or leave between 16:00 and 19:00 on weekdays.