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.