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190519 | VIDEO: Final journey for GWR Intercity 125 High Speed Train from London Paddington | Falmouth Packet

VIDEO: Final journey for GWR Intercity 125 High Speed Train from London Paddington


After more than 40 years in operation the last regular High Speed Train made its final journey on the Penzance to London Paddington line on Saturday.

Large crowds lined the route as the Inter-City 125 Sir Kenneth Grange ended four decades of service by the trains. They are being replaced with bullet-style Intercity Express Trains.

The engine left the depot at Laira, Plymouth, early on Saturday morning, as can be seen in the video above.

The very last regularly timetabled service was the 18:30 from Paddington to Taunton, which was extended to Exeter St Davids, and seats onboard were filled by reservation only.

Only passengers with a valid seat reservation were able to board.

Falmouth Packet:

The last High Speed Train leaving its Plymouth depot. Video still: Roger Edwards via GWR

Those opting to travel to Paddington to record the event were able to do so and special designated areas were set aside for enthusiasts to be able to photograph and film safely.

An additional 18:32 Intercity Express Train was also provided for those who did not wish to be on the last regularly timetabled High Speed Train.

GWR managing director Mark Hopwood said: “The High Speed Train has served the western region for nearly 43 years, making a major impact on Intercity travel not only here in the west but across the country.”

He said the transfer to the new Intercity Express Trains marked a “major milestone” in transforming Great Western Railway, which should see it deliver more seats and more frequent, quicker journeys.

In addition to the 18:30 service, the 18:03 departure to Plymouth, the 18:15 departure to Cheltenham Spa and the 18:22 departure to Hereford were also due to be formed of High Speed Trains, subject to operational requirements, providing a unique, farewell line-up at Paddington.

The High Speed Train will make a special return to Paddington for a charity charter tour on June 1, which will be raising money for First Group’s chosen charity, Action for Children.

 

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via DevonLive:

Tears and applause as high speed train leaves Exeter St Davids for the final time

The train made its final regular journey for more than 40 years on the Paddington to Penzance line

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Dozens of people gathered at Exeter St Davids station to bid farewell to the last regular high speed train.

The famous Great Western Railway train made its final journey on the Penzance to London Paddington line on Saturday.

After more than 40 years, the Inter-City 125 Sir Kenneth Grange will stop running on the route, to be replaced with bullet-style Intercity Express Trains.

It departed the depot at Laira Plymouth on Saturday morning, with the final regular service happening at 6.30pm from Paddington to Taunton.

The last High Speed Train passes through Dawlish (Image: Thomas Mills)

The service was extended to Exeter St David’s, with the only way to board the train with a valid seat reservation.

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Watch the last High Speed Train depart its Plymouth depot on Saturday morning.

Last High Speed Train departs Plymouth depot

Train enthusiasts flocked to St Davids on Saturday night to say their goodbyes to the train, which was met with sadness and applause as it departed.

Sad to see the last day of the iconic Intercity 125 High Speed Train on the Great Western today. It not only saved British Rail but became a favourite of sailors moving between their homes and the home of the Royal Navy: Plymouth.

By complete chance, I find myself heading for Taunton on the last Inter-city 125 High Speed Train to run between Paddington & Plymouth.@Captain_Deltic @RevJFletcher #TheyDontMakeThemLikeThisAnymore@GWRHelp


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Today marked the last HST to leave London Paddington, and travel over the Great Western Railway, bringing over 40 years of reliable service to an end. @GWRHelp #UK #GWR #HST
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