Changing Trains - The 125 At 30

Paul Allen salutes a neglected classic of British design and engineering, the 125 High Speed Train, which marks its 30th year in service.

As familiar as the red phone box, as loved as the Routemaster bus, as stylishly effective as the Mini, and as functionally beautiful as Concorde, the High Speed Train has outlived them all without ever being properly honoured.

It took on the airlines, shrank the country and put up house prices from Bristol to York and beyond.

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Paul Allen salutes a neglected classic of British design and engineering, the 125 High Speed Train, which marks its 30th year in service.

As familiar as the red phone box, as loved as the Routemaster bus, as stylishly effective as the Mini, and as functionally beautiful as Concorde, the High Speed Train has outlived them all without ever being properly honoured.

It took on the airlines, shrank the country and put up house prices from Bristol to York and beyond.