Great Western Railway celebrates 40 years of HST - new livery planned.

First Great Wester 43092 and 43188 at London Paddington on September 26 2014. RICHARD CLINNICK.

Bristol St Philips Marsh depot opens its doors on May 2 to celebrate 40 years of the High Speed Train (HST).

On display will be a number of steam and diesel locomotives, with the highlight being the unveiling of a special livery celebrating 40 years of the HST. As well as examples of Great Western Railway’s (GWR) fleet, members of HST fleets from across the UK will also be on display.

Depot Manager Simon Cassidy said: “I am delighted to be able to open our doors to the public and let them see first-hand how we work to maintain the High Speed Train – and to celebrate the workhorse of the GWR fleet as it turns 40; and prior to the arrival of Super Express Trains next years.”

Tickets are available through dedicated website All proceeds will be going to the Springboard Charity which St Philips Marsh has supported for many years.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/03/2016 17:14

    But the Class 43 MK3 HST's will never die but are to be replaced by the Class 800, Class 801 and Class 802 IEP trains for Great Western Railway, Virgin Trains East Coast and Hull Trains with some of the Class 43 MK3 HST fleets are heading to Scotland and some are to be cascaded to DB Arriva Crosscountry and possibly Chiltern Railways.

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  • Mike Chandler - 27/03/2016 06:29

    I hope the new livery will be GWR Green power cars at the front and rear, and the carriages Chocolate and cream, just like GWR of yesteryear.

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