Class 43 Great Western Railway

The first region to introduce the HST’s in 1976, and now the largest to continue operating them, the HST’s revolutionized services along what was once a comparatively slow route to the furthest extremities of Southern England.

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Cruising along the Sea Wall with the 1C79 London Paddington to Plymouth are Great Western Railway Class 43’s, 43034 ‘Travelwatch Southwest’ and 43145. (29/09/2015)

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Departing Teignmouth with the 1A87 Paignton to London Paddington ‘Torbay Express’ is Great Western Railway Class 43, 43175 ‘GWR 175th anniversary’. (30/09/2015)

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Cruising along the Sea Wall with the 1C79 London Paddington to Plymouth are Great Western Railway Class 43’s, 43034 ‘Travelwatch Southwest’ and 43145. (29/09/2015)

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Arriving into Teignmouth with the 1C09 London Paddington to Paignton ‘Torbay Express’ is Great Western Railway Class 43, 43040 ‘Bristol St. Philips Marsh’. (29/09/2015)

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It’s funny because only seconds before this appeared round the corner, I was telling myself that out of GWR’s 58 HST sets, what are the chances that what was them the sole set painted into their new livery would be the train I’d be catching!

But sure enough, now adorned in the beautifully crisp and very smart Brunswick Green of the rebranded Great Western Railways are Class 43’s, 43188 and 43187, operating the 1C09 ‘Torbay Express’ from London Paddington to Paignton. (24/09/2015)

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Seen speeding along the Sea Wall with the southbound 1C82 London Paddington to Penzance is Class 43, 43192. (23/09/2015)

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Seen speeding along the Sea Wall with the southbound 1C79 London Paddington to Plymouth is Class 43, 43079. (23/09/2015)

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At the north end of Bristol Temple Meads, two of First Great Western’s Class 43 HST sets await departure for London Paddington. (12/09/2015)

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It’s 6:30 am at Teignmouth station, and speeding north with one of the first trains of the day to London Paddington is this First Great Western Class 43 HST set. (12/09/2015)

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Rounding the bend with a train from London Paddington is First Great Western Class 43, 43063. (06/09/2015)

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Accelarating north from Teignmouth with the 1A92 Plymouth to London Paddington is First Great Western Class 43, 43165 ‘Prince Michael of Kent’. (23/08/2015)

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Seen awaiting departure with their various workings are First Great Western Class 43, 43183, and Class 180104. (19/08/2015)

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Taking in the light from Paddington’s refurbished roof is First Great Western Class 43, 43183, preparing for another jaunt to the West. (19/08/2015)

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Speeding north from Teignmouth with the 1A83 Penzance to London Paddington are First Great Western Class 43’s, 43131 and 43187. (08/08/2015)

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Racing south with the 1C86 London Paddington to Penzance is First Great Western Class 43, 43142 ‘Reading Panel Signal Box 1965-2010’. (02/08/2015)

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Departing Dawlish with the stopping 1U05 London Paddington to Penzance via Bristol Temple Meads is First Great Western Class 43, 43192. (02/08/2015)

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Sweeping along the banks of the River Teign with the 1C77 London Paddington to Penzance service is First Great Western Class 43, 43034 ‘TravelWatch SouthWest’. (04/07/2015)

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As the choppy sea kicks up a storm along the Teignmouth Sea Wall, a Class 43 HST set operated by First Great Western works the 1C79 from London Paddington to Plymouth. (10/06/2015)