The National Railway Museum has released a video touring inside the first InterCity 125.
Anthony Coulls, Senior Curator of Rail Transport and Technology, takes viewers on an in-depth tour of our Class 43 High Speed Train power car – more commonly known as the InterCity 125 – and tells the story of the locomotive.
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Introduced in 1976, the InterCity 125 quickly formed the backbone of Britain’s high-speed rail routes and revived interest in rail travel after years in the doldrums.
The locomotive’s popularity was helped by both its eye-catching aerodynamic wedge-shaped design, penned by Sir Kenneth Grange, and its considerable speed advantage over what went before.
The 148mph top speed recorded by a Class 43 remains the world’s fastest speed achieved by a diesel-powered locomotive. This particular 125, No. 43002, was both the first InterCity 125 to be produced and the last to operate a passenger service before it was retired in 2019.
To find out more about the National Railway Museum, visit their website here.
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