Ticket details for Class 43 locomotive farewell tour

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Great Western Railway has announced ticket details for the upcoming Class 43 HST (full set) farewell tour.

The tour is to be divided up into several stages. Stage one will be Bristol Temple Meads to London Paddington via Bath Spa, Chippenham, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.

The Second stage will be London Paddington to London Paddington via Carmarthen calling at Reading, Didcot Parkway, Oxford, Moreton-In-Marsh, Worcester Shrub Hill, Hereford, Newport South Wales, Port Talbot Parkway, CARMARTHEN, Swansea, Cardiff Central, Gloucester, Swindon, Didcot Parkway, Reading and London Paddington.

Then the final leg will be from London Paddington to Plymouth non-stop.

Tickets will be available for the individual legs and a special whole day ticket. All of which will be non-refundable. There will be no part fares available for any of the stages.

If you have purchased a Long Rock Open Day ticket, you will be emailed a link on the 13 April in order to purchase tickets for the Railtour.

Ticket sales will be limited to two per transaction.

Tickets will be sold on a first come first served basis and any unsold tickets will go on general sale at 15:00 on 13 April.

Ticket prices will be released shortly.

Details of the power cars to be used will be released nearer the time and will be subject to operational requirements.

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I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.
  • Brilliant swap of colours between Class 50 s and Class 66. Well done GBRF for great initiative in adding interest to the Modern Rail scene. What about a Blue and Yellow 1980s Class 66?

  • Other train operators should also consider using or hiring the Class 43 HSTs. As ScotRail wants more extra Class 43s to boost their services in Scotland and possibly use them on the Fife Circle service. Also transfer some Class 43s to Crosscountry to help boost their services as they are keeping the Class 43s they will retain.

    And possibly cascade some to Wales to operate on the North Wales routes. And most of the Class 43s to be retained on East Midlands Trains for some time before they too are to be replaced by new trains. With some Class 43s being used on rail freight duties.

    Rather than scrapping the entire Class 43 HSTs that should still be used for another 20-25 years in service in the UK.