High speed train travel – but it’s at 2,660 mph!

A speeded-up film showing a steam train journey from London to Brighton in four minutes shot by the BBC in 1953 is the inspiration behind two new films made by Grand Central Railway.

The new films, charting speeded-up journeys from Sunderland to London and from London to Bradford have been unveiled today, 19 September, entitled "Grand Central’s 2,660mph train". The new films are available to view online with DVD copies being circulated to key stakeholders. It was shot in July of this year.

The first film follows the journey of the 06.45 train from Sunderland to London Kings Cross along 266 miles of route. Filming was done in the cab of a High Speed Train (HST) made up of two Class 43 locomotives and five Mk3 coaches. The duration of this first film sequence is 5.46 minutes.

A second film charts a 14.48 train from London Kings Cross to Bradford along 221 miles of route. This was filmed in the cab of an Alstom Class 180 High Speed Diesel Multiple Unit, built in 2001. The duration of this sequence is 6 minutes. The high tech camera used for filming was specially chosen for its low weight and stability. Similar equipment is used on top TV shows like Top Gear.

"We thought people might like to see something like this again," said Grand Central Railway’s Managing Director, Tom Clift. "We wanted to find a way of marking our new range of cheaper advanced purchase fares. This seemed to be a great way of doing that. The hope is that this new film will capture the imagination and appeal to a wide audience."

Whilst the speed of the 1953 film was the equivalent of travelling at 765 miles per hour, the speed of the latest film is much faster, the equivalent to travelling at 2,660 miles per hour.

People can try the journeys (at normal speed!) for themselves from as little as £19 single with Grand Central’s recently launched Advance Purchase tickets. These can be bought in advance of travel, online, from stations and on the phone up to approx 12 weeks in advance of travel.

For the past three years Grand Central Railway has been delivering high speed train services between Sunderland in the North East and London Kings Cross. A year ago it introduced services on a second route between Bradford in West Yorkshire and London Kings Cross. Grand Central Railway is an open access operator. It does not receive a Government subsidy and is not aligned to the current franchise regime.

Watch the Sunderland to London footage:

Watch the London to Bradford footage:

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