The Anonymous Widower

A Paragon Of Track Kindliness

Richard Ford in Modern Railways uses this lovely phrase to describe the High Speed Train in an article comparing track access charges.

Needless to say, British Rail’s iconic 1960s design comes out almost as cheap or even cheaper to run than the new electric ones that are supposed to replace it.

It just goes to show, what a great design it is.  Knowing the stubbornness of engineers, these trains will outlive me and might still be running in the second half of this century.

February 24, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | ,


  1. There are two Diesel Fast Train developments in Oz . . . the early XPT Train 4’8.5″ gauge & the Cairns Diesel Tilt Train 3’6″ gauge[with two large ANZAC Class Destroyer Diesels each end] . . . the Older XPT is not at heavily controlled with Computer Power.

    Tilt Trains also require some changes on very old slow tracks [longer bends, and check on distance between two tracks {where tiling could occur} . . . The Tilt Trains have substantial computer power for each Car [and back up systems for train] . . .

    Comment by Steam Lover | February 24, 2013 | Reply

  2. The XPT is your version of the IC125.

    Comment by AnonW | February 24, 2013 | Reply

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