Last Inter City 125s to run through Grantham this month
The last of the iconic Inter City 125 high speed trains will run this month on the East Coast Main Line.
LNER is running special trips on the trains. One of the trips between Leeds and London on December 21 will call at Grantham. The train will be painted in the original British Rail InterCity 125 livery.
Money raised from the journeys will go towards LNER partner charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM).
A four-day special service taking in the majority of destinations along the LNER route will mark the 40 years of service by the trains.
David Horne, Managing Director of LNER, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to express our appreciation for the decades of service from the iconic Intercity 125 on the East Coast route. We recognise the huge transformation these trains gave to rail travel when they were introduced in the 1970s, and want to show our appreciation by taking them around the route one last time.
“We’re particularly delighted that on its last service with LNER, we will take the HST on a route it’s not done with us before, from Aberdeen across to Inverness.
“Our HST farewell tour gives our customers and communities the opportunity to see the train in its original livery after serving the country so well over the years before being replaced by our new world-class Azuma trains.
“I’m also delighted we are able to partner with the Campaign Against Living Miserably charity to help us build on the £100,000 already raised by working together and giving the proceeds of this farewell tour to CALM.”
Tickets will be available from UK Rail Tours and will include free travel with LNER on any of its services either to reach the departure station or to return home.
The schedule has been designed to give as many people the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the specially liveried Intercity 125 using power cars 43206 and 43312 as part of the final journey along the East Coast.
LNER’s farewell tour will follow the last day of High Speed Trains in passenger service for LNER with the final service on Sunday 15 December. This is likely to be the 19:35 London King’s Cross to Leeds service with the 17:05 Harrogate to London King’s Cross forming the last southbound service.
For more details and to book tickets go to www.ukrailtours.com
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