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Intercity 125 High Speed Train

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Intercity 125 High Speed Train

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Intercity 125 High Speed Train

The Intercity 125 high speed train is a modern icon and workhorse of Britain's railways. When introduced in the early 1970s, it was the fastest diesel train in the world and went on to become British Rail's most successful train. With its classically styled, streamlined design, it is a true modern icon of the railways. Around 100 were built and 70 are still in operation today. On 15 March 2006, the Department of Transport announced plans for ordering a replacement (HST2) for this highly successful high speed train, which will mean that these wonderful trains will be mostly gradually phased out over the next ten years.

Alex Naughton


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This train is simply the greatest thing ever to have run on rails in this country. Stylish, comfortable, speed, over 30 years of service and still going strong. It looks like this train will make its 40th birthday, albeit slightly altered (engines), but at least it's still in service. No other train will ever match it for comfort.
Andrew Moore

I have always been a huge fan of the Inter-city 125 as they started to appear within my childhood. This has been my favourite train since the age of 10. When I had got my first 'British Rail' train set, the Hornby Inter city 125 in it's original livery blue grey with the wrap round yellow stripe leading up to the guards section of the locomotive. I just fell for this particular train ever since. I used to travel on them quite a bit in the past and used to watch them at my local station. It will be a great shame when the time comes when these beautiful trains are phased out, as I don't think it will be long now as more modern trains are being built and will become more and more common. They will be missed!
Mark Tyrrell

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