Issue Date: 07/09/2009
Issue Name: Hitachi Class 395 - Celebrating the High Speed Service
Producer: Buckingham Covers
High Speed 1 captures the adrenalin pumping excitement of true high speed rail. It also acts as a powerful reminder of what the railway is all about - the first true high-speed line in the UK. The arrival of the fastest commuter trains in Britain put the UK back on the world map when it came to railways. At speeds of up to 140mph, journey times from London to Ashford are now as short as 36mins. This is state of the art rail travel.
We are very proud to have worked officially with Hitachi to produce this striking cover. The design shows an Hitachi Class 395 train travelling at speed on it's way to it's destination. The cover features a stamp and label from our Hitachi Rail Sheet and is postmarked on the 7th September 2009, the day of High Speed 1's Dover/Folkestone and Ramsgate services Launch. Each cover was carried on the first High Speed service from Dover to St Pancras on the 7th September 2009. A limited number were also signed by the driver of that first service, David Bull.
Hitachi Class 395
There was a time not too long ago when train travel was more about the journey and less about the destination. When you jumped on board a train you were in for the ultimate ride; luxurious rail cars, fine dining and absolute comfort. Travelling by train was the perfect indulgence - it was the golden era of train travel.
In 2009, the golden era of train travel returned with the launch of a new fleet of high speed trains; the Class 395 from Hitachi. The arrival of the fastest commuter trains in Britain slashed journey times considerably for many Kent travellers. At speeds of up to 140mph journey time from London to Ashford is as short as 36 minutes.
Hitachi's Class 395 trains are the result of years of research and developement to deliver a more effective and efficient train, formed from the integration of Hitachi's A train technology with Japanese bullet train technology.
It's time to relieve the golden era. Hop on board a Class 395 and your in for a quicker, smoother, more reliable journey. Indulge in train travel once more and enjoy the ride - because your journey matters.
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