SU1685 : East along the Paddington to the west railway, Stratton, Swindon

taken 3 years ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

East along the Paddington to the west railway, Stratton, Swindon
East along the Paddington to the west railway, Stratton, Swindon
A High Speed Train (HST 125) is on the approach to Swindon Junction Station on the 'down' line. The bridge providing the viewpoint is soon to be taken down as this line is being electrified. The replacement bridge is under construction as can be seen at the right.
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, 16 September, 2014   (more nearby)
Submitted
Sunday, 21 September, 2014
Geographical Context
Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Construction, Development 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 165 859 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:34.3091N 1:45.7472W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 164 858
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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