The BR Class 43 is an InterCity train from the UK. With a top speed of 125 mph, it is one of the fastest trains in the UK. The locomotives were built from 1975 and are used on most main lines in the UK. In Train Sim World, it is featured in the Great Western Express DLC in Great Western Railway livery.

About Edit

The British Rail Class 43 is an icon of high speed travel in the UK and currently holds the World Speed Record for a Diesel-Powered train. Designed in the later part of the 1970s, the 'HST' (short for High Speed Train) became a staple of high speed travel in the UK and, more than forty years on, has built a legacy of being the most successful train on Britain's Railways.


Great Western RailwayEdit

Great Western Railway operates 119 BR class 43 HST power cars which it uses on long distance services on the Great Western Main Line from London to destinations such as Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Penzance and Plymouth. Following the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes, GWR requires its HSTs to have Automatic Train Protection and Automatic Warning System safety systems in operation. If either is faulty, the train is not used.

Great Western Railway operates the 8 carriage version of the InterCity 125. The HST will soon be phased out and replaced by the Hitachi Super Express on the Great Western Railway. However, in addition, GWR are to retain 24 powercars and 48 carriages to form 11 four-carriage sets for use on local services between Cardiff and Penzance. These will be fitted with automatic doors and controlled emission toilets, to allow their operation beyond 2020, at Doncaster Works.

Starting the LocomotiveEdit

1. Enter the leading cab
2. Insert the Master Key on the Reverser and then move it to the Engine Off position
3. Move the Train Brake lever to the Full Service position
4. If the Parking Brake is applied, press the button to release it
5. Press the Engine Start button to start both the engines in the forward and rear power cars. Both engines are interlinked and will start when the button is used in either cab.
6. The train starts with all safety systems disabled, to activate them, locate the controls at the secondman’s position on the control desk. The train is fitted with Automatic Warning System (AWS), Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS), Driver Vigilance Device (DSD) and Driver Reminder Appliance (DRA) systems. The relevant controls will therefore become enabled upon activating the system.
7. On enabling the AWS system, this will also enable the TPWS system as both systems are integrated. A self-test will commence and you will need to acknowledge the alert to proceed. Press the Q key on your keyboard to do so.
8. On enabling the DSD system, you will hear an alert periodically that you will need to acknowledge using the Q key. If you do not react quickly enough, the train will commence an emergency brake application.
9. If the DRA is enabled, press the button to deactivate the system. The DRA system, when activated, will disable the throttle control, you will not be able to apply power until the system has been deactivated.
10. Enable the Electric Train Supply by pressing, and holding, the appropriate button. Once the system is active, the ETS Supply indicator will illuminate.
11. If you wish, you can adjust the Gauge Illumination by using the Gauge Dimmer control.
12. Set your headlights to the correct running mode, Day during daylight hours from 8am until 8pm; Night during twilight and evening hours from 8pm to 8am or where it is necessary to improve visibility for users of the railway and trackside signage.
13. Ensure all cab doors are closed.
14. Ensure all passenger saloon doors are closed. Door controls for each side of the train can be controlled independently. You can interact with the door system by using the TAB key on your keyboard and selecting the appropriate option. If the doors are open, a relevant option for you to close and lock the doors will be available. Important Safety Notice: Care should be taken to ensure the correct doors are unlocked, only unlock doors that are adjacent to a platform. For reference, the left side relates to the left side when facing the direction of travel. The BR Class 43 does not have a traction interlock with the Central Door Locking (CDL) mechanism, this means you can apply power regardless of the passenger door situation. You should check the doors are closed and locked (check for the orange CDL lights on the coach body sides) before commencing your departure from a platform.
15. To move your train, simply move the reverser to the forward position, deactivate the DRA system (if enabled), release the brake noting the brake pressure acting on the bogies (centre brake gauge). On reaching 1 bar, move the power controller to notch 1. As the train begins to move, you can then select any other power notch, ensuring you do not exceed the Maximum Permitted Speed.

Great Western Express
Locomotives BR Class 43 HST - BR Class 66 - BR Class 166
Rolling Stock BR Mk3 - HKA Hopper - FKA Container Flat
Locations Paddington - Old Oak Common TMD - Reading
Operators Great Western Railway - DB Cargo UK
Tutorials Class 43 Introduction - Class 166 Introduction - Class 66 Introduction - Station Stopping
Scenarios Down the Line - West World - Christmas Closures - Aggregate Industries - Drag Line
Miscellaneous History - Signalling
British Locomotives and Multiple Units
Diesel Locomotives BR Class 08 - BR Class 09 - BR Class 33 - BR Class 37 - BR Class 40 - BR Class 43 - BR Class 45 - BR Class 47 - BR Class 52 - BR Class 66
Diesel Multiple Units BR Class 101 - BR Class 166
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.