HISTORY OF HST INTERCITY 125


"With its iconic looks designed by Sir Kenneth Grange in the 1970s, the UKs first high-speed train commonly known as the InterCity 125 became famous in modern British culture. With the fleet gradually being withdrawn, this is your opportunity to own a small piece of contemporary history."

One of British transports unsung heroes...

The name derived from its top operational speed of 125 mph, The Intercity 125 can be best described as a British design classic. A diesel-powered passenger train built by British Rail Engineering Limited between 1975 and 1982. The 125 still holds the world's record for diesel, clocking up more than 9 million miles, with each set made up of two class 43 power cars, one at each end and a rake of Mark 3 carriages.

Despite its original purpose to be created as a “stop gap train”, the Intercity 125 is now regarded as a vehicle which saved the British railway industry in the 1960s-70s, a time when rail travel as we know it was on the brink of extinction. Indeed, 125 is a home-grown hero with a secret history. It had to overcome some formidable foes - Defiant unions, violent football hooligans and even the soggy British rail sandwich. The 125 beat them all.

Often regarded as a shining beacon of British engineering genius, the implementation of advanced passenger train (APT) saw an 50% increase in train travel speed, tilting the carriage to 9 degree in 5 seconds, utilising the most innovative and high-tech engineering design that the world had never seen before.

If you’re travelling by long distance in Britain today, chances are you’re on a 125.


HST INTERCITY 125 CUFFLINKS


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HST INTERCITY 125 CUFFLINKS - £129.99


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