Prototype Livery MkIIIs Ready for Passengers

125 Group is pleased to confirm that our freshly repainted shiny Mk3 coaches have safely arrived back at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). Today the vehicles were hauled by locomotive 37884 from Kilmarnock via the West Coast Mainline to Rushcliffe Halt on GCR(N), from where Prototype HST Power Car 41001 took over, including a run-round at Fifty Steps, arriving home at Ruddington at 1825. 

41001 Mk3s Fifty Steps GCR(N) 12Feb2016 ©125 Group

The coaches have been painted in striking 1970s livery to match 41001, recreating the look of the original Prototype HST. 125 Group would like to publicly thank everyone at Wabtec Rail Scotland Caledonia Works for their skilled work and support.

37884 125 Group Mk3s 5Z37 Dumfries 12Feb2016 ©125 Group

41001 and our Mk3 coaches will be running this weekend Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February at GCR(N), on public passenger trains departing from Ruddington at 1100, 1300 and 1500. All are welcome, tickets can be purchased on the day, we hope to see you!  For more details see the GCR(N) website: www.gcrn.co.uk

We also have many other operating dates planned, see our website for more information. www.125group.org.uk

Reliveried 125 Group MkIIIs Return to Ruddington

125 Group’s three MkIII coaches have spent the past two months under the care of Wabtec Rail Scotland at Kilmarnock Works, where they have been professionally repainted using state of the art equipment. Tomorrow the vehicles are planned to return home to Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to be reunited with our matching Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001.

First Open 11074, Restaurant First Modular 10206 and Tourist Standard Open 12092 are all owned by 125 Group. The coaches are booked to be hauled south on Friday 12th February by locomotive 37884 under the charge of Rail Operations Group, with schedule 5Z37 0630 Kilmarnock Works – Hotchley Hill, via Carlisle 0846-51, Preston 1122-1204, Crewe 1343-1350, Nuneaton 1518-27, Leicester 15/54, Loughborough South Jn 16/10, continuing onto GCR(N). On arrival at Hotchley Hill / Rushcliffe Halt GCR(N) at 1651, the class 37 should hand over the shiny Mk3s to our power car 41001 for the last leg of the journey home to Ruddington. This is a link to the full live schedule, courtesy of our friends at: Realtime Trains . These are the planned timings, routing and traction, all of which can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, and the train may run early or late!

This Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th February on GCR(N) will be the first workings of the historic power car and coaches together in matching 1970s livery, recreating the overall look of the original Prototype HST. For more details and to book tickets see www.gcrn.co.uk . We are most grateful to the skilled team at Wabtec Rail Scotland Kilmarnock Works for their expert services, thank you also to ROG for their timely assistance!

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Extra HST Dates for Half Term at GCR(N)

Prototype HST Power Car 41001 will be operating extra running days over the next two weekends at Great Central Railway (Nottingham), accompanied for the first time by our freshly repainted Mk3 coaches. The dates are Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th and Saturday 20th / Sunday 21st February, trains depart Ruddington at 1100, 1300 and 1500. The High Speed Train will be operating over these Half Term weekends while resident 8F steam locomotive 8274 is undergoing winter maintenance. Class 73 locomotive E6016 (73110) is planned to be at the other end of the train.

41001 & Mk3s (before repainting) crossing the River Soar on GCR(N) ©Giles Bearder

These will be the first workings of the historic power car and coaches together in matching 1970s livery, recreating the overall look of the original prototype HST. The 125 Group Sales Stand will be open on-board along with Buffet 125 selling teas, coffees & snacks. For more details and to book tickets see the GCR(N) website www.gcrn.co.uk

Our MkIII coaches 11074, 10206 and 12092 are planned to leave Kilmarnock Works this week, and be hauled south to Ruddington GCR(N) under the care of Rail Operations Group. We will try to provide details of the special movement in advance on the 125 Group web site, facebook page and on our twitter account. Thanks to Wabtec Rail Scotland and ROG for their timely assistance!
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Mid-Norfolk Railway first visit for Prototype HST

The Mid-Norfolk Railway and 125 Group are proud to announce the first away heritage railway visit of restored Prototype High Speed Train power car 41001 will be to the Dereham to Wymondham line for the Spring Diesel Gala in early April 2016.

41001 hauling 125 Group’s Mk3s coaches in 2015 prior to repaint into Prototype HST Livery ©125 Group

With its distinctive original type Paxman Valenta engine, 41001 will visit the MNR with 125 Group’s three matching Mk3 coaches, representative of the type that it would have operated with in the 1970s, First Class 11074, Standard Class 12092, and Restaurant-Buffet car 10206. The coaches are currently being re-liveried in the original prototype blue and light grey colours and the visit to the Mid-Norfolk Railway will be the first opportunity to ride on the Prototype High Speed Train away from its home base at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). 125 Group are the custodians of 41001 which is part of the National Collection.

Prototype HST at White Waltham near Maidenhead September 1975 ©Dave Hird

The diesel gala itself will run from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April with an intensive service operating on the 12 mile line between Dereham and Wymondham. There will be other visiting locomotives which will be announced nearer to the event including representatives from other heritage railways and mainline operators.

For event information and how to book tickets, see the MNR website: www.mnr.org.uk/category/events

The story of how 125 Group restored 41001 under ‘Project Miller’ can be found on our website: www.125group.org.uk