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Routes Featuring the Class HST 125

Newcastle to York

Oxford to Paddington

Hagen to Siegen

Brisol to Exeter


Its snow good

Drive the HST Buffer set from York to Darlington. It's snowing so expect surprises along the way. Beware of workmen up and down the line, sound your horn as you approach them.

45 mins/Medium


Grander central

Drive the GC HST Buffers to York from Nothallerton.

Easy/35mins


Free roam: Darlington

Free Roam: Paddington FGW Mix

December 2002

Easy

N/A

Winter

Paddington

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.

February 2002

Medium

45mins

Spring

Paddington

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.


Semi-Fast Stand-in

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!

September 2004

Easy

30mins

Summer

Oxford

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.

January 2003

Medium

50 mins

Spring

Didcot Parkway

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.


Evening Express (Newcastle)

Drive an Intercity Class 43 (HST) from Newcastle to York non-stop during a stunning Autumn's evening. Don't let the weather fool you though, it's not all smooth running.

1hr10mins/Easy.


The Need for Speed

Drivers are usually required to stay safely within the speed limits and operate a calm and relaxed service but today things are different. Your task is to carry out a publicity stunt to show off speed capabilities for the introduction of the Intercity 125 High Speed Trains (HST).

60mins/Medium.


TUTORIAL: Using Expert Controls

In this tutorial you are driving an HST using expert controls which offers more control over your train.  Here you will be introduced to signals, AWS and switching cameras. (NOTE: This scenario should be played using Expert Controls from the 'Options; Gameplay' menu.)


The Merchant Venturer (Bristol to Exeter)

Drive the 09:00 Paddington - Penzance service from Bristol Temple Meads to Exeter St. David's calling at Taunton on the way.


Chasing Yellows (Oxford to Paddington)

It’s a busy weekday evening and you're in charge of the 1806 to Frome. To compound issues however, word has been received that the train running ahead of you is having problems. Do your best to keep to time. 35mins/Easy.


Rush Hour Run

The rush hour has begun, and your weary passengers will be hoping for a swift and trouble free journey home. Be sure to use the prestigious power of the High Speed Train to keep to the timetable as you weave through the traffic on your way out of London.

55mins/Easy.

The InterCity 125 was the brand name of British Rail's High Speed Train (HST) fleet. The InterCity 125 train is made up of two power cars, one at each end of a fixed formation of Mark 3 carriages, and is capable of 125 mph (201 km/h), making the train the fastest diesel-powered locomotive in regular service in the world. Initially the sets were classified as Classes 253 and 254. A variant of the power cars operates in Australia as part of the XPT.


After three decades, the majority of the HST fleet is still in front-line revenue service under privatisation, and while the InterCity 125 brand name is rarely mentioned officially by the private Train Operating Companies (TOCs), the HST still forms the backbone of express services on several British main lines, although they are expected to be replaced within the next 10 years by the InterCity Express (IEP) programme.