Goodbye to an icon: The HST travels through York Station for the last time

A classic design – the InterCity 125 at York Station. Photographs: Richard McDougall

People gathered at York Railway Station to say goodbye to a superstar today.

The InterCity 125 – better known as the HST (High Speed Train) – stopped by this afternoon on its farewell tour.


Hundreds of people gathered to see the train, painted in the original British Rail InterCity 125 blue and yellow livery. One admirer even flew in from the States to be part of the special day.

Train operator LNER has been marking the retirement of the HSTs after 40 years by running a four-day special service along the East Coast Mainline.

A familiar face
MD of LNER David Horne with the HST

Money raised from the tour will go towards LNER partner charity, Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM). The charity works to prevent male suicide and has already benefitted from more than £100,000 in donations from LNER customers donating ‘Delay Repay’ claims to help the campaign.

Managing director of LNER David Horne 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.

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