HST (High Speed Train) 125 trains :: Shared Description

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
by Brian Robert Marshall
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SU3468 : Trains at Hungerford Station by anonymous1000
NY7363 : VTEC diversions - 16 September 2017 (11) by The Carlisle Kid
SE5951 : York railway station - (9) by The Carlisle Kid
TQ3083 : Night scene at Platform 5 - King's Cross by The Carlisle Kid
SX8859 : GWR HST at Goodrington Sidings by David Dixon
SE5443 : HSTs at Colton Junction - May 2017 (3) by The Carlisle Kid
SO8505 : High Speed Train to Cheltenham, Stroud Railway Station by Brian Robert Marshall
SU2263 : 'Down' First Great Western High Speed Train, north of Ram Alley, Wiltshire by Brian Robert Marshall
NY8364 : VTEC diversions - 16 September 2017 (6) by The Carlisle Kid
NT2686 : HST passing Kinghorn by Albert Bridge
NY5863 : VTEC diversions - 16 September 2016 (6) by The Carlisle Kid
SE5951 : York railway station - (3) by The Carlisle Kid
NY9863 : VTEC diversions - 23 September 2017 (5) by The Carlisle Kid
SU2363 : HST 125 (High Speed Train) approaching from the west, Savernake, Wiltshire by Brian Robert Marshall
SE5951 : HST set approaching York station by The Carlisle Kid
SX8671 : High Speed Train leaving Newton Abbot station by Malc McDonald
SE5951 : 43290 in York station - September 2017 by The Carlisle Kid
NY7864 : VTEC diversions - 16 September 2017 (3) by The Carlisle Kid
SX8860 : High Speed Train approaching Paignton station by Malc McDonald
SU2363 : HST 125 (High Speed Train) leaving to the east, Savernake, Wiltshire by Brian Robert Marshall
SE5951 : 43467 leaving York station by The Carlisle Kid
NJ9405 : HST power car, Aberdeen by Albert Bridge
TL1899 : The Golden Spanner by Bob Harvey
SU2363 : Paddington to the south-west England railway, Savernake by Brian Robert Marshall
SX8959 : Goodrington Sidings by David Dixon

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Created: Fri, 19 Feb 2010, Updated: Fri, 31 May 2019

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