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InterCity 125

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InterCity 125
HST Powercar 43316 at London King's Cross
Type and origin
Power typeDiesel
Build date1976–1982
Performance figures
Top speed148 mph (238 km/h)
Dispositionstill in service

The InterCity 125 is the brand name of British Rail's High Speed Train (HST) fleet. The InterCity 125 train is made up of two locomotives, one at each end of a fixed formation of carriages, and is capable of 125 mph in regular service. British Rail initially used the fleet on the Great Western Main Line, on the East Coast Main Line, on the Cross Country Route and latterly on the Midland Main Line, serving destinations such as London, Bristol, Edinburgh, as far south as Penzance and as far north as Aberdeen and Inverness. The InterCity 125 took the world record for the fastest diesel-powered train, when it was recorded at an absolute maximum speed of 148 mph (238 km/h) during 1987.[1][2] From 2017, most have been replaced by the British Rail Class 800.[3]


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  1. "Rail Timeline". BBC News Online. BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  2. Hollowood, Russell (2006-03-16). "The little train that could". BBC News Online. BBC. Retrieved 2008-04-07.
  3. Government gives green light for more state-of-the-art intercity trains, Department for Transport, 18 July 2013