SW4730 : Penzance Railway Station

taken 8 months ago, near to Chyandour, Cornwall, Great Britain

Penzance Railway Station
Penzance Railway Station
Great Western Class 43 HST, No. 43131.
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.
Update March 2015: see LinkExternal link
Penzance Station
Penzance station serves the town of Penzance in Western Cornwall. The station is the terminus station for the Cornish Main Line from Plymouth. It is managed by Great Western Railway who also operate services along with CrossCountry.
The station opened in 1852.
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Thursday, 13 July, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 16 July, 2017
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 477 307 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:7.4063N 5:31.8593W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SW 477 307
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