A Refreshing Change!: First Great Western's Intercity 125 Fleet Looked Tired and Old-Fashioned-But a Radical Upgrade Means These 30-Year-Old Trains Are Now Better Than Ever

The author examines the upgrading of Britain's First Great Western's (FGW's) 200 km/h diesel Intercity 125 (IC125) fleet. FGW, the largest operator of IC125 trains, set out to upgrade trains a final time before retiring them around 2015, awarding the £53 million contract to Bombardier. FGW is trying to follow a growing trend to "refresh" trains rather than to refurbish them, due largely to costs associated with disability access regulations. Lighting, seating, legroom, buffet facilities, and restroom facilities for disabled passengers are some of the areas of improvement.


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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 18-21
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  • Accession Number: 01054106
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 19 2007 11:46AM