On 14th September 2019, due to engineering works at Calton Tunnel at the east end of Edinburgh Waverley Station, ECML services had to be diverted via Carstairs, Carlisle and the Tyne Valley. Here, LNER Class 43/2 HST No. 43318 '1978-2018 CELEBRATING FORTY YEARS - Inter-City 125 - The Journey Shrinker' passes sedately through Hexham station (which opened in 1835 and is one of the oldest railway stations in the world, built to link the lead mines of the North Pennines to the Tyne Docks at Blaydon), heading the 07:42 Edinburgh to London King's Cross service. Its Classmate No. 43305 was propelling the train from the rear.
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