HST line-up marks 40th anniversary

A CELEBRATION of 40 years of the InterCity 125 high-speed train was marked with an open day at St Philips Marsh depot, Bristol, on May 2.

A nicely positioned diesel line-up of ‘Hymek’ No. D7017, Class 40 No. D213, ‘Peak’ No. D182, and GWR’s Type 5 No. 57603 Tintagel Castle. CHRIS MILNER

The event, which attracted more than 5,000 visitors, was organised by GWR and its depot staff.

GB Railfreight provided No. 66757 West Somerset Railway, which sits by No. D5580 (31162) with BR blue shunter No. 08663 St Silas, and InterCity No. 08822 Dave Mills adjacent. DAVID GRIFFITHS

Part of the depot was used, with the other half remaining operational, although the exhibits did have to be moved before the servicing and preparation of train sets for the following day’s service could begin.

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Carrying set No. 253001, the re-liveried power car No. 43002 on display at the event on May 2. STEVE DONALD


Centrepiece was a line-up of six HST power cars in different liveries, provided by all but one of the current operators. However, the highlight of the day was the naming of power car No. 43002 after its designer Sir Kenneth Grange.

An amazing line-up: All current operators are represented, except CrossCountry, which could not spare a vehicle. Nearest the camera is No. 43187 (GWR), 43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE (East Midlands Trains), 43300 Craigentiney (Virgin East Coast), 43013 (Network Rail), 43423 Valenta 1972-2010 (Grand Central), and No. 43172 Harry Patch – last survivor of the trenches (GWR). MARK BOSWORTH

GWR staff had painted the loco in the original blue and yellow that HSTs first appeared in during the summer of 1976.

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Basking in the end-of-the-day sun, from left, power cars No. 43172, 43423, 43013, 43300, 43048 and 43187.

There have been calls for a full rake of carriages to get the blue and grey treatment, but GWR engineering director Andrew Mellors explained that such a move would fall foul of disability regulations due to the lack of a contrasting door colour.

Just like the old days! No. 50007 Hercules with 50050 Fearless and 50035 Ark Royal. DARREN FORD


The event was held to raise funds for the charity Springboard Opportunity Group, which is marking its 30th anniversary.

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The organisation helps children from birth to five years who have additional needs and disabilities in the North Somerset area. GWR recently vinylled Class 158 No. 158798 to raise awareness of the group’s aims.

Prototype HST power car No. 41001 contrasts with the first production power car No. 43002. DUNCAN LANGTREE

Also on display was a selection of heritage diesel locomotives, whose classes would have worked through the Bristol area in their heyday, while Classes 37, 47, 56 and 66, together with a 150 and 166 DMU in GWR green, represented the modern railway.

InterCity 125 designer Sir Kenneth Grange celebrates the repaint to the original livery and naming of power car No. 43002. CHRIS MILNER

There had been plans for additional steam locos to be present, but movements were affected by gauging issues.

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Steam was represented by LMS 4-6-0 No. 46100 Royal Scot, pictured alongside Colas Rail Type 4 No. 47749, which has been renamed City of Truro. That name was first bestowed on the loco in June 1965 when numbered D1660 and allocated to BR Western Region. STEVE DONALD

The company has indicated it expects in excess of £20,000 will have been raised for the Springboard Opportunity Group.


DMUs: 150247, 158798, 166214

Diesel locos: 08663 St Silas, 08822 Dave Mills, 31162 (5580), D7017, 37884, D213 (40013), D182 (46045), 41001, 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange, 43013, 43048 T.C.B. Miller MBE, 43172 Harry Patch – last survivor of the trenches, 43187, 43300 Craigentiney, 43423 Valenta 1972-2010, 47749 City of Truro, 50007 Hercules, 50035 Ark Royal, 50050 Fearless, 56098 Lost Boys 68-88, 57603 Tintagel Castle, 66757 West Somerset Railway.

Steam: 46100 Royal Scot

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