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photoblog image From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

HIGH SPEED TRAIN

In the 1970’s I worked at the Paddington Freight Terminal in charge of the Management Information section and my office was only a short walk from the main line station. I used to stroll over there quite frequently at lunch times and that is where I took this image of the very recognisable front ends of two Inter-City 125 units, presumably ready to take their trains down to the West of England. It’s amazing to think that all these years later these exceptional trains are still in daily use on our national train services.

From My 1970's Darkroom (1 of a few)

HIGH SPEED TRAIN

In the 1970’s I worked at the Paddington Freight Terminal in charge of the Management Information section and my office was only a short walk from the main line station. I used to stroll over there quite frequently at lunch times and that is where I took this image of the very recognisable front ends of two Inter-City 125 units, presumably ready to take their trains down to the West of England. It’s amazing to think that all these years later these exceptional trains are still in daily use on our national train services.

comments (17)

I like this image - with the front of the trains - and the guy peeking in
it looks fast just standing still Brian... great scan....petersmile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 8 Jun 2015, 03:57
I am with Elizabeth, Brian...fine shot of these impressive wind-cutters, made exceptional by that inquisitive bloke.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 8 Jun 2015, 06:37
Not for much longer Brian, the writing is on the wall now..
Brian Walbey: Yes I gather that the smaller multiple unit type trains like Voyagers are the thing these days, it will be a shame if the HST.goes, they run up my way very frequently.
Back in their day, I bet these were like the bullet trains we see nowadays, Brian. It's quite awesome to me what you were capturing back then! smile
  • Astrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 8 Jun 2015, 07:37
1970, that already looks very advantaged. I love the curiosity of the man. Great shot.
I enjoyed the BBC4 programme, The golden age of BR, as I am sure you did Brian.
Brian Walbey: I have recorded it to watch Chad as soon as I can find time.
A fine capture indeed Brian! I quite like the design.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 8 Jun 2015, 08:15
You must have been in your element, working there, Brian
Brian Walbey: Strangely I went through a period in the late 60's and early 70's when my interest in railways was taken over by the lady you met with me at Cosford, now I share the time somewhat but Maureen always comes first of course smile
They have had a good run Brian
Brian Walbey: And still going strong up my way Bill.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 8 Jun 2015, 09:48
What for an elegant train! And a very fine photo!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 8 Jun 2015, 09:48
Great picture of
'interest' and the two unit noses showing. Amazing that they are still operating.
Very good, Brian. I like the fellow's curiosity.
those must have been brand new in the 70's
Brian Walbey: Introduced in 1976 and still going strong.
You must have enjoyed that Brian, working around trains. Nice shot from the times
Brian Walbey: Strangely I went through a period in the late 60's and early 70's when my interest in railways was taken over by the lady you met with me in April, now I share the time somewhat but Maureen always comes first of course
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jun 2015, 18:23
I think these were cutting edge at the time. I think that these were supposed to have been a stop gap into the tilting train came into service. I expect hat they have been remotored several times but it just shows how strong the structure is.
Brian Walbey: They are certainly still going strong up my way Alan.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 8 Jun 2015, 18:24
... I think they were originally intended for one driver only but ASLEF people refused to drive them less there were two drivers in the cab.
Brian Walbey: I recall that was the case Alan, silly b**g**s!

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