Monday, January 25, 2016
Modernity, High Speed Trains and opening doors
As this video shows, British Rail introduced their new High Speed Trains on the Great Western mainline in October 1976.
They were a powerful symbol of modernity and I remember being regarded with envy when I travelled from Paddington to Swansea and back on them early the following year.
Now I commute on HSTs every day. I like them better than the other stock used on the Midland mainline as they are more spacious.
Time moves on, however.
This morning I got on an HST and walked the length of the carriage looking for a suitable seat.
At the end of the next was a young woman. "Please can you tell me how to get off?"
To get off an HST you have to open the window in the door and turn the outside handle. To a generation raised on pressing buttons, this must seem extraordinarily old fashioned.