30th November 1977
British Rail (E.R.)
(Inter-City 125 Staff Invitation Trip)
|HST Used||254004 (43062+43063)|
Route : 1G07 throughout
|as listed||London Kings Cross - (via ECML) - York|
|as listed||York - (via ECML) - Peterborough|
|as listed||Peterborough - (via ECML) - Grantham|
|as listed||Grantham - (via ECML) - London Kings Cross|
(1) Gordon Lacy comments: This was advertised to BR (ER) staff as "The schedule is designed for Driver training purposes, stopping and starting at intermediate stations and reaching high speeds between stops". Booking Office staff and representatives from local papers were invited to 'sample' the then new HSTs. 125 mph was achieved before Scrooby on the outward run, but having braked to 7 mph at Retford on the return, we appeared to have 'lost' one engine - so much for my first ECML HST run!
(2) Gordon Lacy also comments that the booked timings "applied all week" - confirmation of which dates this HST ran is required (and was it the same set on all runs?). Gary Thornton was at St Neots on 2nd December and photographed an HST set passing through both north and south - possibly 254004 - was this the same run?
Source : Gordon Lacy (joined/left the train at Grantham)
Timings (Booked & Actual)
(from Gordon Lacy)
|Stevenage||?||?||15.42a ~ 15.44d||?|
|Huntingdon||?||?||15.15a ~ 15.19d||?|
|See table below|
|Grantham||10.42a ~ 10.45d||10.52 ~ 10.53||13.28a ~ 13.33d||13.43 ~ 13.44|
|Barkston South Jn||10/50||10/57||13/23||13/39|
|Newark Northgate||10/57||11/04||13/16||13.28 ~ 13.28|
|Doncaster||11/31||11/32||12.48a ~ 12.50d||12.49 ~ 12.49|
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