125- The Enduring Icon
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The InterCity 125s were introduced into passenger service from 1976 and instantly revolutionised rail travel. As the world's fastest diesel train they heralded significant journey time reductions, reversing declining demand without requiring the construction of new lines to accommodate them. At each end of the train a sleek 2,250hp power car with its iconic nose cone shape made the 125 an instantly recognisable train while the distinctive noise produced by the original turbocharger resulted in a train that commanded attention wherever it went. A fleet of 197 power cars was built, enabling them to provide the mainstay of many InterCity routes. Privatisation saw the 125's refurbished and repainted. It has resulted in an array of different liveries and internal refurbishments while the installation of new engines has enabled continued operation well into 21st century. With an array of fascinating photographs and insights, the 125 Group tells the story of an enduring icon of Britain's railways.
|Publication Date||15 Jun 2018|
|Record last updated||25/04/2021|