SU2263 : 'Down' First Great Western High Speed Train, north of Ram Alley, Wiltshire

taken 3 years ago, near to Stibb Green, Wiltshire, Great Britain

'Down' First Great Western High Speed Train, north of Ram Alley, Wiltshire
'Down' First Great Western High Speed Train, north of Ram Alley, Wiltshire
The FGW HST125 is on the down line heading towards its destination in the south-west, possibly somewhere like Exeter.
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
Monday, 8 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Friday, 12 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Village, Rural settlement  Railways 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 221 634 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:22.1810N 1:41.0263W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 216 634
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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