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Visitors to the Southern
Virgin Cross Country

Cross country services (in BR days Inter-Regional Trains) have a long history and some services can be traced back to examples such as the L&NWR "Sunny South Express" between Liverpool and Eastbourne, "The Pines Express" between Manchester and Bournemouth and the un-named 11 a.m. Brighton-Cardiff.
Virgin Cross Country regularly use HST units for the Bournemouth-Scotland service which run on the Southern as far as Basingstoke where they continue via Reading.

Class 43 or High Speed Train Units (HST) were introduced on the Western Region in 1976. These units were built by British Railway Engineering (BREL) at Crewe works and are powered by 2,250 h.p. Paxman Valenta diesels with powered units at either end of the set.

Class 43 HST


photograph by Michael Taylor.

Unit 43090 in Virgin X-Country livery leads the 12:25 p.m. express to Glasgow into Basingstoke on Monday, 18th September 18th 2000.

photograph by Michael Taylor.

Unit 43197 Railway Magazine Centenary 1897-1997 still carrying Intercity livery was the rear power unit on the service above

This page was last updated 8 July 2020

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