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Author Topic: Intercity 125: The Train That Saved Britain's Railways  (Read 1415 times)
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« on: May 12, 2018, 08:07:44 am »

A 2 part documentary about the HST starts on Tuesday on Channel 5.

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DOCUMENTARY: Intercity 125: The Train That Saved Britain's Railways
On: Channel 5 (5)   
Date: Tuesday 15th May 2018 (starting in 3 days)
Time: 21:00 to 22:00 (1 hour long)

Two-part documentary. The Intercity 125 is one of British transport's unsung heroes. Currently powering more than half of the trains in its class, the record-breaking workhorse is now giving way to hi-tech imports. Celebrity champions join designer Sir Kenneth Grange to remember a transport design classic.
(New Series, Subtitles, Episode 1)
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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2018, 09:20:47 pm »

Thanks for the heads up I'm enjoying it.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2018, 10:14:50 pm »

Next episode to feature the "125's bold new ad campaign"

They'll be somewhat limited in the old TV adverts they can show. I wonder if a certain track suit wearing pædophile will even be mentioned. I hope not.
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2018, 10:27:27 pm »

Quite a good prog, with narration from a near Thatcham resident!

I had a journey to Leeds and back (for work) last week and ended-up travelling back south on an East Mids 125, which was on hire to VTEC. It felt like it hadn't been modified internally since it was built, but got us to KingsX 5 minutes early. The VTEC TM made lots of apologetic/slightly humuorous announcements about "no-wifi, no hot food, messed-up reservations etc" due to this being a hired-in train, and that he was sure we'd all be glad to get off in London!

At KingsX, we parked next to another HST which had a "World's fastest diesel" (or similar) plaque on one of it's power cars. Tonight's programme suggested that one of the prototypes has that record, so was this inaccurate?

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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2018, 10:33:51 pm »

Next episode to feature the "125's bold new ad campaign"

They'll be somewhat limited in the old TV adverts they can show. I wonder if a certain track suit wearing pædophile will even be mentioned. I hope not.

Now then now then! 😉
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« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2018, 10:52:39 pm »

The prototype set the authenticated record for diesel traction of 143 mph.

A shortened 2+5 set holds the record in passenger service of 144 mph.

In particularly favourable locations 150 mph was thought to be technically be feasible but this was not attempted to be proven.
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2018, 11:02:24 pm »

At KingsX, we parked next to another HST which had a "World's fastest diesel" (or similar) plaque on one of it's power cars. Tonight's programme suggested that one of the prototypes has that record, so was this inaccurate?

The prototype was the world's fastest diesel train at the time it was being tested. 143.2mph in 1973. A shortened production set, with three Mk3 carriages testing Mk4 bogies, then beat that record, reaching 148mph over a measured mile, between York and Northallerton in November 1987. The power car you saw at Kings Cross would have been 43302 (formerly 43102) which was one of the two used in the 1987 record breaking run. The other power car was 43159, currently with GWR.

The fastest speed achieved carrying passengers was in September 1985 when a press run for the launch of the Tyne-Tees Pullman saw a shortened 2+5 set briefly reach 144mph.
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2018, 07:55:58 am »

Thanks BNM, I didn't note the no. of the power car but thanks for covering the detail behind what I saw. I also didn't know that the other one is with GWR, so will have to look out for it (is it also marked-up like the VTEC one?).



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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2018, 10:18:19 am »

Don't forget top of the Pops.

From Google 25 Aug 2016 - 1984: The greatest ever Top Of The Pops, because it's the most spurious Top Of The Pops ever. ... of jiggery-pokery enacted on the route in order that the train could run ... On 30th August 1984 a new HST broke the record for the fastest ... Bristol Temple Meads the locomotive, later named Top of the Pops ...

Shortened set JS onboard unfortunately.

Saw it by the house with all the local kids standing on our garage roof. Before all the trees and overhead wires.

Can't find the time but it had to be under 67 minutes to beat record.

One power car later named Top of the Pops.
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2018, 10:46:05 am »

And Howard Jones and The dancing chap performing live on TOTP from Platform Three at Temple Meads.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2018, 10:55:40 am »

What about the "Jubilee Express", the 1977 Bristol TM to Paddington and back via the Badminton Line which had the renowned rail writer O.S.Nock on board riding in the second mans seat to Paddington at least.
Both outward and return journeys were records at the time for the overall journeys attaining an average speed of over 100mph start to stop using a full size 2+8 HST. I was on it and still got my souvenir HST125 tie somewhere. No doubt one of "Ossies" books features this event. I have fond memories of Ossie and spent an enjoyable evening with a few mates at his home / apartment in The Royal Crescent in Bath when he reminisced many of his memorable moments as a rail writer.
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2018, 11:36:56 am »

And Howard Jones and The dancing chap performing live on TOTP from Platform Three at Temple Meads.

Was it platform 3 or was it platform 9 before the renumbering which closed platforme 1 and 2 which have since re-opened as platforms 13 and 15.
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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2018, 11:50:55 am »

Good question I can't remember what the platforms were numbered then ,I called it No3 as that's what it is today ,was interesting to watch the performance though.
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2018, 05:10:20 pm »

I think that the platform renumbering took place when the approaches were remodelled and resignalled in 1970
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« Reply #14 on: May 23, 2018, 09:14:44 am »

Next episode to feature the "125's bold new ad campaign"

They'll be somewhat limited in the old TV adverts they can show. I wonder if a certain track suit wearing pædophile will even be mentioned. I hope not.

Well, I think they got the balance just about right. There was no way they could highlight the ads whilst ignoring Savile, but limiting his air-time and noting his demise was appropriate. Interesting though the way they dropped his "...of the train" VO from the end of the "This is the age..." jingle, and it was played several times.
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