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Author Topic: The last HSTs to leave Paddington in passenger service - 18 May 19  (Read 2447 times)
Gordon the Blue Engine
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« Reply #30 on: May 21, 2019, 04:35:12 pm »

Have to say that the Saturday HST event brought back a few memories.  In 1976 I was fortunate enough to be an Engineering Assistant in the HST section at CMEE Paddington, before moving to OOC a couple of years later.  I did the 6 week technical course split between Bath Road and OOC (as I suspect Electric Train did, and does anyone else remember ex RAF instructor George Longley going through all the electronic circuits in minute detail and expecting us to understand?).

Following the successful launch of the HST’s Leslie Lloyd, the formidable General Manager of the Western Region at the time, organised a “thank you” event at the Castle Bar BRSA to which wives etc were also invited.  He even organised a special DMU from Castle Bar back to Reading (via West Ealing West Curve).

Many of the early problems with HST’s have been mentioned before in the forum, but I haven’t seen any references to, for example, trailer car axle box and lateral control rod failures, power car yaw dampers become partially detached and hitting shunting signals etc., and power car guard’s van doors falling off and being found by the track.  There were many other technical problems which will be remembered by fewer and fewer people as the years go by.

They were interesting times for those of us lucky enough to have been involved.
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« Reply #31 on: May 21, 2019, 08:56:55 pm »

My videos from the day.

First, two of the four sets arriving at Paddington.



A brief chat with Sir Kenneth Grange about how to approach dogs!


A few words for this forum from GWR Managing Director, Mark Hopwood.

(Yes, I know the prototype was 1972 - I had been conceived!)

And finally, the last HST departing Taunton, almost synchronised with a departing IET. The old bows out, the new has a hard act to follow.



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« Reply #32 on: May 22, 2019, 07:48:28 pm »

A very well written and practiced speech by Mark Hopwood there. And an impressive bit of reversing in the first clip.
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« Reply #33 on: May 22, 2019, 07:49:43 pm »

One of my best shots from the day was when I got back to Chippenham, and I have now posted it on Flickr.

The caption is a bit contrived given the comparison I've made, but you'll see that if you read it... Wink

https://www.flickr.com/photos/93122458@N08/47907171771/
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« Reply #34 on: May 23, 2019, 06:42:11 am »

One of my best shots from the day was when I got back to Chippenham, and I have now posted it on Flickr.

The caption is a bit contrived given the comparison I've made, but you'll see that if you read it... Wink

https://www.flickr.com/photos/93122458@N08/47907171771/
Flickr not letting me for the last 20 minutes; will try later.
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« Reply #35 on: May 23, 2019, 09:34:20 am »

One of my best shots from the day was when I got back to Chippenham, and I have now posted it on Flickr.

The caption is a bit contrived given the comparison I've made, but you'll see that if you read it... Wink

https://www.flickr.com/photos/93122458@N08/47907171771/
Flickr not letting me for the last 20 minutes; will try later.

The site is down for maintenance at present. They run on Pacific time so they think it's half past one in the morning at the moment... Smiley
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« Reply #36 on: May 23, 2019, 10:49:36 am »

One final nerdy fact. The final train was powered by 43198 and 43002. Respectively the last and first production Class 43 power cars out of the factory.
That might be a nerdy fact, but it's neat and I like it.  Cheesy
(And I think it might technically be "geeky" rather than "nerdy" Grin)
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