11 Facts About InterCity 125


InterCity 125 or High Speed Train is a diesel-powered high-speed passenger train built by British Rail Engineering Limited between 1975 and 1982.

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High-speed diesel train, which became the HST or InterCity 125, was formed of a rake of Mark 3 passenger coaches between two streamlined power cars, one at each end.

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InterCity 125 worked with an aerodynamic engineer, and they built and tested a model in a wind tunnel.

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The radical update of the standard BR livery on the power cars was complemented by the 'Inter-City InterCity 125' branding, which appeared on timetables and promotional literature.

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The InterCity 125 service was a great success for British Rail.

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Prototype InterCity 125 set the world speed record for diesel traction at 143.

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The InterCity 125 was replaced by the electric InterCity 225 on the line to Skipton when the electrical infrastructure was upgraded.

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Original "Inter-City InterCity 125" livery was blue and grey, with a yellow front to improve visibility which continued down the side of the power cars.

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British Rail enjoyed a boom in patronage on the routes operated by the HSTs and InterCity 125's revenues increased, although the total was not enough to remove the need for subsidies to British Rail.

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InterCity 125 was used as a case study for evaluating the potential for a high-speed rail system in California.

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An InterCity 125 HST, comprising four coaches between power cars, was involved in the Stonehaven derailment on 12 August 2020, in which three people died.

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