26 October 2011

Cardiff-London record

Today a new record was broken by rail. First Great Western operated a 5-carriage HST between Cardiff and London in 1:36. While this was an improvement of just 1 minute on the current record, it was done to demonstrate the advantages that electrification would bring to Wales, as a similar end-to-end journey time would become the norm.

The train departed Cardiff Central at 1221 and arrived in London Paddington at 1357.

This is not the first record-breaking run that First Great Western has undertaken recently. A Plymouth-London record was broken a year ago.

Once again, another record was broken by a stalwart of Britain's railways, the High Speed Train, known to many outside the industry as the InterCity 125. These workhorses really have proved their worth, operating many years beyond their intended use. Some are being considered for their second mid-life refurbishments.

It is likely that once electrification comes to the Great Western Main Line, they will be all but retired, with new bi-modal trains considered as their replacement.

I've read reports that some may be retained for Penzance/Plymouth-London services.

The Class 43 High Speed Train should be congratulated in equal measure with the people at First Great Western and Network Rail for today's record run.


Anonymous said...

How will electrification benefit 'Wales' - it will benefit Newport/Cardiff and their hinterland, but how do you think the good folk of Pwllheli or Aberystwyth will benefit?

Anonymous said...

Oh for heaven's sake ... full length HSTs were making the journey from Paddington to Cardiff Central in 1hr 43mins back in 1978! They also stopped at Newport. (0915, 1115, 1315 & 1515 from PAD for those who will surely check this statement!) A 7 minute acceleration on a reduced sized set running non-stop is hardly something to boast about.
When will people stop falling for this government and privatised railway spin?

Anonymous said...

There's a lot more speed restrictions around now :(

LEYTR said...

Anon 11:11 - I think we'd have been criticised if we hadn't put 'Wales'. The population of Cardiff, Newport and hinterland is very sizeable indeed.

Anon 01:55 - There are a number of faster journey times with BR - Edinburgh-London being one, faster than the 4:00 of today, but it is a new record nonetheless. I find it surprising that private companies have the motivation to do 'stunts' like this.

Himashu shou said...

We are a nationwide operator and so our coach hire services are available for hire in all four corners of the UK, and also for travel to selected European destinations, so if you’re searching for transport in Norfolk and Nuneaton, Edinburgh or Evesham, Cardiff or Chester, Glasgow or Gloucester, Liverpool or London, Skegness or Somerset, Bournemouth or Brighton, we can offer you the benefit of our chauffeur driven coach hire services.

coach hire london
coach hire birmingham
minibus hire

Himashu shou said...

Welcome to Coach Broker! As the leading provider of coach hire in the U.K, you’ll be in expert hands when you make your travel booking with us. Whether you need a double decker coach for a school trip, minibus hire for an airport transfer or a standard size coach for a sightseeing tour, we can provide you with the pick of the best; plus we guarantee to find you the lowest rate around.

coach hire

munich said...

Such a wonderful post. Thanks for sharing.

Europa coaches munich has the ultimate Tour Bus Rental, provides individual accommodations specifically to fit your munich Party Bus needs. Whether it is a full night rental or just pick up/drop off, we can make it work for you. Limo Buses in munich are the way to go to get your group around town. Whether you desire a party atmosphere, a corporate feel, a relaxing wine tour, or you’re looking for a rental bus, europa coaches munich will tailor to your needs. http://www.europa-coaches-munich.com/

Coach Rental Munich

Anand said...

Thanks for your information..

If you are in need of bus rental, bus transfers, sightseeing tours or excursions by bus within Slovenia and other European countries, we are pleased to help you. Slovenia Bus Rental has many years of experience in bus rental, tours by bus and bus transfers. We aim at providing high quality bus, minibus and minivan rental service anywhere in Slovenia and Europe.

Bus rental

George Harison said...

Fantastic post with sharing the wonderful information. I hope, there are more to come! Airport 247 Pickups London for reliable journey

Andrew Carter said...

Nice blog and the details about it really interesting.
I liked your blog.

mini bus hire cardiff