Routes Featuring the HST 125 GW Diesel;
Oxford to Paddington
In 1999, after acquisition by FirstGroup, Great Western Trains applied a revised livery to their existing stock without the need for repainting! This involved the use of vinyl decals applied to lower sides of the HST's. The existing green and ivory colouring remained but the decal featured a central gold stripe and a series of parallel green lines which had the appearance of fading the ivory into the green.
This decal also replaced the "Great Western" text with a more modern font and the FirstGroup logo halfway along the gold band of each carriage. Carriage designation letters changed from lower case white to upper case gold. Finally a new decal containing the FirstGroup logo was applied to the upper sides of the HST power cars.
Free Roam: Paddington FGW Mix
other trains are located at Reading, Didcot and Oxford.
No Sleep Tonight
It's just after midnight, and you are required to haul the 1A40 2345 Paddington to Penzance sleeper service which is delayed. Another problem is that the sleeper stock is unavailable, so your train is formed of a HST. Starting from Paddington, stop at Reading and Didcot Parkway. You will be relieved at Didcot Parkway by another driver. Good luck.
Go via Slough by 00:20, arrive at Reading by 00:35 to depart at 00:37 and finally Didcot by 00:52 where your shift will finish. There are late night works, hence the delays so there will be a few diversions from the standard platforms; keep your eye out for speed limit changes. It is late and you will need all your focus to get the train to Didcot on time.
Due to a shortage of class 166 DMUs, First Great Western have had to stand in with the use of a Green and White-livered HST. Your task is to take the train on a morning semi-fast service, from Oxford to Reading. Your only stop will be Didcot Parkway. Good luck!
Take the 0910 Oxford to Reading via Didcot, on a rainy September morning. Arrive at Didcot by 09:22 departing at 09:23 and arriving at Reading by 09:38.
When the Snow Falls
It's a freezing cold afternoon in January, and you are required to battle the weather with the last leg of a HST bound for Paddington. The snow is falling heavy, visibility is minimal, so all concentration is required. It may not be as simple as Didcot to Paddington, mind! Good luck.
Stop at Reading by 16:34 for a 16:35 departure, Ealing Broadway by 16:55 for a 16:56 departure and Paddington by 17:09.