Indeed the HST = a real train. The IET is an awful experience for the travelling passenger on GWR. No buffet, just some pathetic trolley that sometimes comes around if your lucky, then its offerings are scant. The seats are as hard as a park bench and First Class seats are not much better. The "nice" combination of grey and fake wood makes standard class like a sterile, mobile office, not like a passenger train. In the hot weather you can enjoy frequent whiffs of sewage from the retention tanks and if you are very unlucky, your train will be just one five car instead of two five cars or a 9 car (a nice sardine squashing journey). I can guarentee you that most Scotrail passengers travelling from Inverness or Aberdeen/Dundee to Edinburgh will spurn the LNER IET's in favour of the Scotrail HST service as when it comes to the passenger comfort and experience, the HST will win every time. Good luck driving 43003...you are one lucky person to have that experience.