Stuart's Railway Photography


43003 gathers speed shortly after departing Newport as it passes Somerton with 1L46 Cardiff Central - London Paddington on the 3rd of February 2012

With a friendly wave from the driver 43004 heads 1L38 Swansea - London Paddington through Undy on the 28th of September 2011, note the copy of the days free METRO paper being put to good use as reinforcement for the sun visor!

43016 is seen at Bathampton on the 23rd of July 2012 with the 1A12 Paignton - London Paddington, this service takes the less direct route to London via Bristol Temple Meads rather than via the more direct Berks and Hants route

43016 heads west towards Bristol through Acton Turville with 1B31 London Paddington - Cardiff Central on the 1st of February 2012

43022 hammers through Denchworth between Didcot and Swindon on the Great Western Mainline with 1C15 London Paddington - Bristol Temple Meads on the 2nd of February 2012

43025 leads 1L68 Swansea - London Paddington through Patchway as it slows in preperation for its booked stop at Bristol Parkway on the 21st of August 2011

As another First Great Western HST set speeds towards the capital in the opposite direction 43029 heads through Great Cheverell on the 30th of August 2012 while working 1C86 London Paddington - Penzance

Shortly after entering England 43030 heads the early morning 1L20 Swansea - London Paddington through Pilning on the 12th of July 2012, no doubt this service is packed with commuters who just cant wait to get to the capital to start another day of work!

43031 heads 1C83 London Paddington - Taunton towards Fairwood Junction on the 28th of September 2011, the majority of HST sets that pass the area do not stop at Westbury and bypass the station by using the station avoid which can be seen on the right

43035 passes Eckington on the 30th of April 2013 with 1L28 Worcester Shrub Hill - London Paddington

Under the gaze of St Mary's Church 43035 eases through Magor on the 17th of October 2012 at the head of 1L48 Swansea - London Paddington

43040 speeds through Newton St Loe on the 3rd of March 2012 this working being 1A11 Bristol Temple Meads - London Paddington

43043 leads 5B18 Derby Etches Park - Nottingham through Attenborough on the 25th of May 2013

43045 speeds through Cossington on the 6th of May 2013 with 1B16 Nottingham - London St Pancras International

43056 'The Royal British Legion' leads 1B25 London Paddington - Swansea through Undy on the 18th of February 2016

43073 storms through Cossington towards its next station stop of Leicester on the 18th of October 2011, this working being 1B48 Nottingham - London St Pancras International

Seen passing the quiet location of Cossington on the 18th of October 2011 is 43076 at the head of East Midland Trains 1B28 Nottingham - London St Pancras International, the livery currently being used by this operater is quite eye catching but being predominantly white needs regular cleaning to keep it looking smart

43079 leans around the curve at Undy while leading 1B28 London Paddington - Swansea on the 15th of February 2016, the view here has been changed significantly in the last few months in preparation for the electrification work with major lineside clearance and the replacement of the footbridge that I stood on to take this picture with a awful looking heap of green metal!

43079 storms through Bishton on the 4th of October 2012 while working one of the many services that link the Welsh and English capitals together, this being 1L51 Cardiff Central - London Paddington

First Great Westerns 43086 speeds through Farleaze with 1L46 Cardiff Central - London Paddington on the 14th of October 2011

43087 heads through St Georges at the head of 1L62 Swansea - London Paddington on the 18th of April 2015

43132 storms through Coedkernew on the 7th of December 2011 at the head of 1B28 London Paddington - Swansea

43135 storms through Exminster at the head of 1A94 to London Paddington on the 25th of June 2011

43138 passes through Claverton on the 18th of November 2012 with what must seem like a magical mystery tour to some passengers on board, this service is the 1L51 Swansea - London Paddington but due to various engineering blocks its already called at Bristol Temple Meads and will after here travel around the Berks and Hants to get to its destination

43140 leads 1C88 London Paddington - Exeter St Davids through Berkley Marsh on the 5th of June 2013

43144 branded with Building A Greater West passes Challow on the 24th of February 2016 while working 1A11 Bristol Temple Meads - London Paddington, not 100% sure about the branding of this power car maybe 'Ugly, Over Budget, Behind Schedule' would be more appropriate?

With its rather outdated gold First panel at the front 43144 passes Patchway at the helm of 1L55 Swansea - London Paddington on the 3rd of February 2012

HP advertising power car 43148 passes Cholsey on the 4th of June 2013 at the head of 1A05 Bristol Temple Meads - London Paddington, in the background the field of oil seed rape is still nowhere near full flower even though we are now into June

43148 speeds across the point work at Fairwood Junction and takes the Westbury avoiding line on the 5th of September 2012 with the 1A76 Penzance - London Paddington service

43148 leads First Great Westerns 1P56 Hereford - London Paddington through Hinksey on the 3rd of October 2011, the set contains the full 8 coaches including a proper buffet car where for around the same price as your average house you can purchase a rather awful cup of coffee!

With a destination display of Cheltenham Spa in the drivers window 43149 leads 'footex' special 1Z33 Plymouth - Cheltenham through Cam and Dursley on the 29th of October 2011, the service was laid on for Plymouth fans to travel up for the League 2 clash with Cheltenham Town, unfortunately for Plymouth they lost 2-1 with the winner for the hosts coming in injury time

43150 hammers under the doomed bridge at Lower Basildon with 1A15 Bristol Temple Meads - London Paddington on the 22nd of October 2011, the photography friendly bridge is soon to be replaced by something far more hideous with high ugly metal sides that will require the use of a stepladder to see over

43155 leads the diverted 1L74 Swansea - London Paddington through Filton Abbey Wood on the 26th of June 2011, due to engineering work the train took its usual route from South Wales to Bristol Parkway but then reversed for its onward journey via Bath

43159 heads 1L46 Cardiff Central - London Paddington through Magor on the 18th of February 2016, lineside vegetation clearance here has opened up this view in the short term before the masts go up

43161 is seen passing Magor at the head of 1L48 Swansea - London Paddington on the 18th of February 2016

43161 is seen as its just about to pass under Pilning road bridge with 1B55 London Paddington - Swansea on the 30th of August 2012

Singapore Airlines advertising liveried 43163 speeds through Coalpit Heath at the helm of 1L42 Carmarthen - London Paddington on the 16th of April 2014

43163 heads 1L34 Swansea - London Paddington through Coedkernew on the 12th of May 2011, the entire fleet of First Great Western HST's have wore this livery for over a year now, time for a change?

43164 still wearing full First Great Western livery powers up the incline at Pilning on the 11th of February 2016 with 1L52 Swansea - London Paddington, this is the first time I have seen a HST in over 6 months and for the past few months I have heard and seen adverts for GWR stating that they have removed all branding of the previous franchise and are commited to building a greater West, what a load of marketing balls!!

The driver applies the screenwash to 43168 as it slows through Patchway on the 6th of October 2012 with 1L62 Swansea - London Paddington

43172 powers up through Undy on the 14th of October 2012 while working 1B25 London Paddington - Swansea

43179 heads one of the many peak time services to depart London Paddington this one being 1B63 to Carmarthen, seen passing Undy on the 6th of June 2013

43180 passes through Patchway at the head of 1L71 Swansea - London Paddington on the 29th of September 2012, looking at the state of the power car its had some form of leak along the bodyside recently and also a bump with something which has damaged its horn grill

43180 rushes through Southern Bristol towards Parson Street with 1C09 London Paddington - Paignton on the 19th of October 2011, this service takes the more unusual route of going via Bristol Temple Meads rather than the more conventional route via the Berks and Hants

Just a few minutes after departing Bristol Parkway 43183 approaches Westerleigh Junction as it passes through Coalpit Heath on the 31st of August 2012 with 1L48 Swansea - London Paddington

Former Jubilee liveried 43186 shows off its new disguise on the 1st of June 2013, seen here as it passes Patchway while working 1L66 Swansea - London Paddington, rather than a full paint job the First Great western power car has been treated to a vinyl wrap around advertising a HP Tablet

First Great Western unique Jubilee liveried powercar 43186 passes through Patchway on the 19th of February 2013 with 1L66 Swansea - London Paddington

43187 passes Hinksey yard on the 4th of June 2013 while fronting 1W59 London Paddington - Worcester Shrub Hill

43193 passes Bartletts Bridge with First Great Westerns 1A77 Plymouth - London Paddington on the 23rd of April 2011

43290 stands at Edinburgh Waverley prior to working ECS to Craigentinny as 5S25 on the 25th of April 2012, the new livery quite suits the HST design, but then most liveries do, just a shame the vinyls are not applied straight!

43301 is seen in unfamiliar surroundings while working 1V48 Leeds - Plymouth on the 18th of November 2012, seen at Claverton near Bath due to engineering work between Bristol and Taunton preventing it taking its usual route

43301 speeds south through Ashchurch on the 12th of October 2012 at the head of Arriva XC's 1V44 Leeds - Plymouth

43301 leads the truly Cross Country 1V50 Edinburgh Waverley - Plymouth through Catholme on the 28th of October 2011, with a complete journey time of over 8 hours and 40 minutes from origin to destination im sure that more passengers if given the choice would choose a HST rather than a Voyager for such a long journey

With a friendly wave from the driver 43303 heads south at Parson Street on the 17th of October 2012 with a slightly delayed 1V50 Edinburgh - Plymouth

43304 leads 1V48 Leeds - Plymouth on the 27th of November 2011, due to weekend engineering work this service was diverted via Gloucester and Severn Tunnel Junction hence why it can be seen here as it thunders through Pilning

43304 provides proper traction for a Arriva XC service at the head of 1V50 Edinburgh Waverley - Plymouth on the 19th of October 2011, shortly after departing Bristol Temple Meads the service is seen still gathering pace as it heads towards Parson Street on the South side of Bristol

With the shadows lengthening by the minute in the low afternoon light, 43321 manages to find a slice of sun as it passes Pilning with the diverted 1V50 Leeds - Plymouth Arriva Cross Country service on the 27th of November 2011

Much more suitable to a XC service are the reliable and more to the point comfy to travel in HST fleet, seen here passing Eckington on the 30th of April 2013 is 43366 heading 1V44 Leeds - Plymouth

43366 passes through unfamiliar teritory on Sunday the 14th of October 2012 with the diverted 1V50 Leeds - Plymouth Cross Country service, seen here passing Portskewett, shortly it will arrive at Severn Tunnel Junction where it will reverse for its onward journey south

In some glorious low evening light 43366 hammers through Brent Knoll on the 23rd of July 2012 with 1E73 Plymouth - Leeds Arriva XC service

43378 breaks the Voyager dominated Arriva XC service as it passes Gossington on the 17th of November 2011 with the long distance 1V50 Edinburgh - Plymouth, what is a comparatively dull livery based predominantly around grey and dark maroon is still quite eye catching and probably alot easier to keep clean looking than a bright livery