We’ve all travelled on an Intercity 125 – Britain’s own original high-speed train. It rules the rails today, but this national icon is set to give way to hi-tech imports. It’s time to celebrate the heroic story of a design classic that saved Britain’s railways from terminal decline.
Engineers and designers overcame formidable foes, from British Rail management to football hooligans, the rail unions and soggy BR sandwiches to produce the world’s fastest diesel train. Prue Leith, Peter Purves and Pete Waterman have inside stories to tell, along with designer Sir Kenneth Grange and the engineers that built Britain’s favourite train.