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The 125 At 30 - 493/1447
Written by Lee on Friday, 15th September 2006
The workhorse of the intercity rail network , the 125 , turns 30 this year (link below.)
"The InterCity 125 has cast its spell over Alison Forster, the forthright managing director of First Great Western. Post-privatisation executive she may be, even she can't escape the emotional thrall of big trains."
"I can absolutely identify with those steam [train enthusiasts] because I will be like that with the High Speed Train when it is no longer in passenger service. I think they're absolutely fabulous and I so want one in my garden when they come out of service."
It must be Friday...........
Re: The 125 At 30 - 493/1448
Written by admin (Graham Ellis) on Friday, 15th September 2006
And I have a certain affection for the 153s too, Lee ... but clearly Alison doesn't based on her "big train" quote. Perhaps that's why she's not very supportive of the important services away from the Paddington main llines ;)
Re: The 125 At 30 - 493/1570
Written by Lee on Wednesday, 4th October 2006
The InterCity 125 is 30 today (links below.)
Although I frequently warn of the possible dangers of stopping trains making way for passenger expresses / freight trains , I am also a rail enthusiast and I will admit to having a soft spot for the 125.
Problem is , my garden just isnt big enough........
Re: The 125 At 30 - 493/1576
Written by Nick Field on Thursday, 5th October 2006
I must confess to also having a soft spot for the 125's.
Re: The 125 At 30 - 493/1581
Written by Lee on Friday, 6th October 2006
[quote author=Lee link=topic=493.msg1570#msg1570 date=1159982456]Although I frequently warn of the possible dangers of stopping trains making way for passenger expresses / freight trains , I am also a rail enthusiast and I will admit to having a soft spot for the 125.
Problem is , my garden just isnt big enough........[/quote]
Here is an interesting article entitled "The dangerous world of rail enthusiasts." (link below.)
It definately must be Friday..........
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