ST6180 : Patchway railway station, near Bristol

taken 10 years ago, near to Patchway, South Gloucestershire, Great Britain

Patchway railway station, near Bristol
Patchway railway station, near Bristol
The HST 125 train approaching the viewpoint is on the 'up' line to London. It will have started its journey in Wales and will have travelled through the Severn Tunnel.
HST (High Speed Train) 125 trains
Written by Brian Robert Marshall

The HST 125 Inter-City trains had their genesis in the 1960s and, following trials, they came into service in 1976. They are diesel-electric and benefit from a high power-to-weight ratio meaning they can accelerate rapidly to their designed top speed of 125 mph (201 kph). They have been designed to be omni-directional so they don't need to be turned round at the end of each journey. There are driver's cabs and sets of red and white lights at each end. Replacements are on the horizon after almost 40 years and millions of miles but the timescale is uncertain not least because, on 26 February 2010, Transport Secretary Lord Adonis announced that an assessment of the multi-billion pound, 30-year procurement plan had been ordered. If the review is ultimately favourable, the likely replacement will be the Japanese Hitachi Super Express. Following withdrawal of the Class 180 'Adelante' after a brief period HST 125s will continue to be a regular feature on the railways for some time to come.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 13 March, 2007   (more nearby)
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Tuesday, 13 March, 2007
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Railway station   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 610 809 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:31.5394N 2:33.8130W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 610 809
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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