First Great Western will be running an HST set during peak summer Saturdays this year between Bristol Temple Meads and Weymouth to cater for the high demand on this route, for which they cannot manage using examples from classes 150, 153 and 158 as they have these in insufficient numbers, whereas some HST sets are available. The service is known as 'The Weymouth Wizard' and departs from Bristol at 09:06 arriving in Weymouth at 11.45; it returns in the late afternoon with a departure time of 17:28 arriving back in Bristol at 20:09 with the FGW publicity machine describing the service as a quality journey allowing plenty of time for a good day out in the south coast resort. This image shows the train led by Class 43 power-car No. 43133 about to depart from Yeovil Pen Mill on its southbound journey on 26th July 2014.
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