125 turns 40
Great Western Railway (GWR) marked the 40th birthday of the HST by painting power car 43002 into its original 1976 livery, and OH GOD JUST LOOK AT IT.
One of the most attractive liveries of all time, the gleaming power car was launched at an open day in May at GWR’s St Philips Marsh depot. As well as receiving the very special paint job, 43002 was also named after the designer of the HST, Sir Kenneth Grange.
Also known as the InterCity 125, the High Speed Train’s introduction revolutionised Britain’s railways and economy. The HST set new standards in comfort, and being the fastest diesel-powered train in the world, radically reduced journey times – resulting in it becoming a record-breaking design icon.
Image credit: Secret Pilgrim on Flickr
What else happened in May?
- Reading Buses launch their ‘better than new’ concept for refurbished buses featuring ‘banqueting area’
- More new units were announced for Transpennine Express, including 13 five-car loco-hauled trains