Not stopping at Burnham-on-Sea.
I am still totally impressed by that train. It was introduced in 1976 and still looks modern. Who would have thought British Rail had it in them?
I know, it’s amazing isn’t it! I dimly remember it being on Tomorrow’s World, along with the launch of the ‘unscratchable’ Philips Compact Disc!
This reminds me of a story from a workmate at the time. His father was an inspector on the railways and was involved in the proving trials of the new HSTs. He discovered a minor but important design fault whereby the contents of the toilet blew back at the person depositing aforementioned contents when entering a tunnel. Something to do with air pressure changes at speed when entering the tunnel. Suffice to say, the gentleman in question kept himself separate from his colleagues for the rest of the journey. The toilet waste pipes were subsequently modified with non-return valves. Even on the HSTs the toilets used the long established method of soil disposal – dumping it straight onto the track ballast. Apparently the ballast – with help from the rain – acts as a natural filter bed, I’m told.
Just one of many ways in which the 125s are superior to the noisy smelly “Voyagers” that CrossCountry use. Ten years since their introduction, and still nobody has found a way to get rid of the toilet smell…
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