East Midlands Railway Celebrates Iconic HST with Farewell Documentary

East Midlands Railway (EMR) and AV IT Media have produced a documentary on the High Speed Train (HST), the InterCity 125, to commemorate the retirement of its fleet after 39 years of service on the Midland Main Line.

Power car 43102 that broke the intercity world speed record, painted in its original Intercity Swallow livery
Power car 43102 that broke the intercity world speed record, painted in its original Intercity Swallow livery

EMR wanted to recognise this historic moment and provide the opportunity for people to speak about what the HSTs mean to them, and how they impacted on their career and lives on the railway.

Will Rogers, EMR Managing Director, said:

“To this day the HST remains an iconic piece of British engineering and a much-loved part of the railway. We wanted to celebrate the HSTs, in tribute to the people who have worked on them and loved them throughout their career. A documentary is the perfect way for us at EMR to say goodbye and wish the trains a happy retirement. We hope our customers enjoy watching it too.”

 

End of the Line – A HST Story is now available to view on EMR’s YouTube channel and features archive footage, new imagery and interviews with colleagues who’ve worked on and with these iconic machines.

Those unable to be part of the documentary shared their memories in a book, which has been issued to EMR staff as a lasting memento. This memorabilia book is also available to view online.

To commemorate the event, EMR has further teamed up with Brixes on a limited edition ‘build your own HST,’ exclusively in EMR purple livery. Limited edition farewell pin badges will also be released.

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