HST 40 – Bristol SPM Open Day

Great Western Railway held an open day at Bristol St Philips Marsh depot on bank holiday Monday 2nd May. It was billed as ‘HST40’ – a celebration of the High Speed Train.

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The open day saw a surprise in the form of 43002 unveiled in original Inter-City 125 blue and yellow as well as being named ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’. Kenneth was the designer of the iconic nose cone of the HST.

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Colas sent newly overhauled 47749 which was renamed ‘City of Truro’, seen here alongside preserved 46045 and 37884.

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Each of the GWR shunters has been overhauled and repainted into a heritage livery; 08822 has regained Intercity livery.

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50007 and 50050 came from Boden Rail and 50035 was provided by the Fifty Fund.

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37884, 45045, 47749 and the tender from 6100 Royal Scot.

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The sun came out just at the end of the day and the staff at the depot moved the access steps from the front of the powercars allowing this shot.

L-R: 43187 (GWR), 43423 (GC), 43013 (NR), 43300 (VTEC), 43048 (EMT), 43187 (GWR).

A fitting end to the day. Well done GWR and all the staff at SPM!

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