At last the Great Western Main Line joins our range of cab rides!
We recorded the route from HST power-car 43179 on 23rd May 1990 on the 08.45 from Paddington.
The route needs no introduction - it's Brunel's famous 'billiard table' ride, superbly engineered for today's high speed trains.
Our journey was accomplished exactly to time - except for 18 minutes loss due to signals near Tilehurst - an example of how safety comes first, as a trackman had heard a noise coming from one of the coaches (later identified as a normal suspension'groan') at the station, causing the train to be stopped for static and rolling exams.
Please note there is no formal commentary other than cab conversations which are not always audible above locomotive sounds.
Produced by - Kingfisher / Railscene
Running time - 90 minutes