SU1485 : Swindon Railway Station, Station Road, Swindon

taken 1 year ago, near to Swindon, Great Britain

Swindon Railway Station, Station Road, Swindon
Swindon Railway Station, Station Road, Swindon
This is a view along the 'up' (i.e. towards London) line. The High Speed Train is on the 'down' (i.e. away from London) line. The low-rise building on the left is part of the original 19th century station. The high-rise building on the right dates from the 1960s or 70s.
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
Wednesday, 12 April, 2017   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 18 April, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Railways  People, Events 
Primary Subject of Photo
Railway Station 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 149 851 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:33.9181N 1:47.1861W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 148 851
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East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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