The BR Class 43 is an InterCity train from the UK. With a top speed of 125 mph, it is the fastest diesel train in the world . The locomotives were built from 1975 to 1982 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 trains 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 Class 800 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. On some journeys, a trend that parallels the Class 390 Pendolino & Class 220 Voyager locomotives, Great Western Railway (GWR) will employ the same 2 Power Car & 4 Coach combination using their famed. and reliable MK3 Coaches in between the Class 43 Power Cars respectively. Journeys such as Newquay to Plymouth, Cardiff to Bristol have employed this method, and this has increased the vehicle's reliability ten fold, and has significantly reduced costs in maintenance and emissions simultaneously. This has allowed the HST to continue chugging it's way into the modern era of 'being green' whilst retaining the same fast, and powerful workhorse-driven service as it has done for over 4 decades.

Timetable Edit

The BR Class 43 HST runs a 24 hr timetable on Great Western Express. Links can be found below to the appropriate timetables:

Driving the LocomotiveEdit

For information on Driving the Class 43, see this page.

Great Western Express
Locomotives BR Class 43 HST - BR Class 66 - BR Class 166
Rolling Stock BR Mk3 - HKA Hopper - FKA Container Flat
Stations London Paddington - Acton Main Line - Ealing Broadway - West Ealing - Hanwell - Southall - Hayes & Harlington - West Drayton - Iver - Langley - Slough - Burnham - Taplow - Maidenhead - Twyford - Reading
Other Locations Old Oak Common TMD - Airport Junction
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
Journeys Commuter Driver - Express Driver - Freight Driver - Mainline Driver
Guides Driving the BR Class 66 - Driving the BR Class 43 - Driving the BR Class 166 - AWS, TPWS & DSD - GWE Collectibles
Miscellaneous Signalling - Service Timetable
British Locomotives and Multiple Units
Diesel Locomotives BR Class 08 - BR Class 09 - BR Class 31 - 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
Electric Multiple Units BR Class 377
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