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.
Drive the GC HST Buffers to York from Nothallerton.
Free roam: Darlington
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.