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.
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.
Colas sent newly overhauled 47749 which was renamed ‘City of Truro’, seen here alongside preserved 46045 and 37884.
Each of the GWR shunters has been overhauled and repainted into a heritage livery; 08822 has regained Intercity livery.
50007 and 50050 came from Boden Rail and 50035 was provided by the Fifty Fund.
37884, 45045, 47749 and the tender from 6100 Royal Scot.
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!