The Intercity 125 is one of British transport's unsung heroes. Currently powering more than half of the trains in its class, the record-breaking workhorse is now giving way to hi-tech imports. Celebrity champions join designer Sir Kenneth Grange to remember a transport design classic.
A canny marketing campaign helped to ensure the Intercity 125's longevity. Its popularity was also boosted by improved refreshment options, as Prue Leith attests. PR expert Michael Cole and Peter Purves unpick the disastrous launch of the 125's rival, the tilting train.
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