NU1233 : Electrification south of Belford

taken 16 years ago, near to Mousen, Northumberland, Great Britain

Electrification south of Belford
Electrification south of Belford
The train here is a diesel High Speed Train but it is running "under the wires" on the East Coast Main Line. The electrification masts change in this picture from a lighter design in the foreground to a heavier design with a greater span further away. The reason for this is not obvious but may be to do with the trailing crossover at the site of the former Belford station a few hundred metres further on NU1233 : Railway line just south of Belford Station.
East Coast Main Line

The East Coast Main Line is a 393 mile long high speed electrified railway between London and Edinburgh, via Peterborough, Doncaster, York and Newcastle. It was constructed between 1846 & 1871 by several different rail companies.
Wikipedia: LinkExternal link

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
update July 2018: the Hitachi Class 802 train sets are now in service, for the moment alongside the HST 125. Because the electrication programme has been truncated so that some lines due to be electrified now won't be for the foreseeable future these Hitachis will be 'bi-mode'. More here LinkExternal link
Update May 2019: no more HST 125s in the West Country LinkExternal link

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Tuesday, 21 February, 2006   (more nearby)
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Sunday, 13 May, 2012
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 129 332 [100m precision]
WGS84: 55:35.5359N 1:47.8127W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NU 130 330
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