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Inter-City 125 High Speed Train: Owners' Workshop Manual

Inter-City 125 High Speed Train: Owners' Workshop Manual

Regular price £25.00

It is likely that most people who have made long-distance journeys by train in the mainland UK over the past 40 years will, at some point. have travelled on an Inter-City 125 High Speed Train.

Answering a need for modern high-speed passenger trains, the prototype HSDT (High Speed Diesel Train) was completed in 1972 - a train capable of 125mph featuring a lightweight locomotive at either end of eight of the latest Mk3 carriages. Orders for production trains were placed commencing in 1974, and christened Inter-City 125. the trains began passenger service in 1976, meeting with immediate success. Eventually a fleet of 95 trains was built. Inter-City 125s were to initially operate on the lines from London Paddington to Bristol/South Wales and between London King's Cross, Yorkshire, the North East and Edinburgh. Subsequent deliveries brought the trains onto the lines from London Paddington to the West Country, the North East to South West 'Cross-Country' route and later the Midland Main Line from London St Pancras to the East Midlands and South Yorkshire. The trains formed the backbone of the Inter-City fleet for non-electrified routes and remained at the core of passenger-train services when the new private sector companies took over during the 1990s.

This manual documents the introduction of the prototype and production trains and takes a look under the skin of the production power car in detail, with an array of photographs and diagrams showing the many components, which are described in depth. The numerous technical details and variations are explained, along with a study and appraisal of both the original and the replacement equipment installed during the life extension programme undertaken during the 2000s.

The manual draws upon the experience of the engineers, drivers and enthusiasts who have worked with the Inter-City 125 during the trains' long service careers. Replacement of the trains on their prime routes began in 2017, and after over four decades of front-line service. some will continue to operate on secondary routes, but many will be withdrawn from regular service.

Hardback, 188 pages, colour photographs

ISBN: 9781785212666

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