Reporter Les Poole in the cab with driver Joe Hillage (right) on the newly electrified railway system. Les Poole's article reported that the train, touching 98 mph, left London Euston at 8.35 am and arrived 8 minutes early at 12.25, at Lime Street Station. 100 mph was not possible as sections of the new track were still settling. The new timetable, due to be introduced later that year, would mean the train would go even faster - 2 hrs 35 minutes, hitting air flights between the cities.
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