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Hornby R2948X East Midlands 125 HST Class 43 Front Side Stacked View
Hornby R2948X East Midlands 125 HST Class 43 Power Car 43055 Side View
Hornby R2948X East Midlands 125 HST Class 43 Power Car 43055 Alternate Side View

Hornby R2948X East Midlands 125 HST Class 43

Hornby R2948X East Midlands Trains 125 HST Class 43 DCC Fitted
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Part Number: Hornby R2948X
Our Price: £369.99

Hornby R2948X East Midlands Trains 125 HST Class 43 DCC Fitted


Originally conceived as a cheaper and more reliable alternative to the Advanced Passenger Train in the early 1970s, the British Railways Board authorised the development of a prototype High-Speed Diesel Train with two locomotives designated as Class 41. These aerodynamic power cars were constructed by BREL at their Crewe Works and outshopped in June and August 1972, fitted with Paxman “Valenta” 12RP200L engines which developed 2,250 hp.

After a short period, the Mk.3 passenger cars from BREL’s Derby Litchurch Lane Works completed the prototype set, which then became British Rail Class 252. The power cars, having initially been numbered 41001 and 41002, were later given the coaching stock numbers 43000 and 43001 for operating trials on the Eastern Region and subsequent transfer to the Western Region. This prototype InterCity 125 clinched the world record for traction of 143mph (230kmh) on June 12, 1973.

Following the evaluation of this prototype design and a change of name to High-Speed Train, British Rail placed orders for similar trains for use on the Western, Eastern, Scottish, and London Midland Regions.
When originally built at BREL Crewe Works, the InterCity 125 units were considered to be diesel multiple units and allocated as Class 253 to the Western Region and Class 254 for the Eastern Region, as it was envisaged that the sets would remain in a fixed formation. 

Those original HST’s consisted of a Driving Motor Brake (DMB), Trailer Firsts (TF), Trailer Seconds (TS), Trailer Restaurant Unclassified Kitchen (TRUK), and a Trailer Restaurant Second Buffet (TRSB). Once the Trailer Guard Second (TGS) was introduced, the later power cars had no guard’s equipment installed. By 1987 most power cars were simply classified as Driving Motor (DM), although they still had luggage van space, retaining a window by the luggage door on each side.

Box has shelfware.

Can be fitted with twin TTS decoders and Upgraded Speakers - £120

Can be fitted with twin Zimo 645R decoders and Zimo Speakers - £220


Model Specification




2 x 235mm

DCC Type

DCC Fitted


Bi-directional front white (3 of) rear red (2 of)


Era 9 Post – Privatisation


East Coast Trains Orange, Blue, Red and White with Yellow Ends


Sir Kenneth Grange

Entered Service


Minimum Curve



5 Pole Skew Wound

Wheel Configuration


No of Axles Driven

Motorised Car – 4 driven through double flywheel and Cardan driveshafts


Detailed and internal LED lighting with cab doors


Drive on all axles of the motorised car using Cardan shafts coupling from motor to drive boggy gearboxes.

Build Structure

Plastic body and cast alloy chassis on the motorised car with plastic chassis on the non-motorised cars. Roof body and bogie detailing.

Age Suitability

14+ years