High Speed Train 40th anniversary event raises money for Railway Children charity

Dave Ellis (Railway Children), Mark Coney, Darren Ward (EMT), Alan Kemp (GCRN), Donna Adams (EMT), Phil Stanway (GCRN), Alex Wood (125 Group) with 43045 at Nottingham. ©GCRN

• Event helped to raise £1,350 for Railway Children

• Cheque presented to the Railway Children at Nottingham station in front of a power car by the 125 Group, the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and East Midlands Trains

The Railway Children charity was presented with a cheque for £1,350 today (Tuesday 6 December) by fundraisers from the 125 Group, the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and East Midlands Trains.

The money was raised at a special event that took place at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) last month where a visiting East Midlands Trains HST ran throughout the day to mark its 40th anniversary. It was the first time that this formation of train operated on this line and proved to be very popular with visitors. The chosen charity for the day was Railway Children and in addition to receiving a percentage of the ticket sales, Railway Children also sold themed Christmas cards and other items on the day to help raise valuable funds for the charity.

Darren Ward, Head of Drivers for East Midlands Trains, who helped to mastermind East Midlands Trains involvement in the event, said, “I’m delighted to be able to present the cheque to the Railway Children after such a special day of fundraising. Our HSTs remain a firm favourite with many people, and along with the rest of the industry we wanted to celebrate their heritage and at the same time raise some valuable funds for one of our favourite charities.”

Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Railway Children, said, “Railway Children are extremely grateful for the support generated and would like to thank everybody involved in helping to make the day the incredible success it was. Over the last 20 years we have reached more than 270,000 children, who would have otherwise been completely alone and vulnerable on the streets. It’s incredibly fitting that the HST, such an icon of the UK rail industry and so integral during the last 40 years, helped in creating such fantastic support for Railway Children. If I had to pick one single highlight of the day, other than the fantastic amount raised for Railway Children, It would have to be seeing Mr Tim Shoveller out on the ground getting his hands dirty!”

Phil Stanway, Director of Great Central Railway Nottingham, said, “We would like to thank East Midlands Trains for the support given to both ourselves and 125 Group that not only enabled us to round off our operating year in style with a tribute to 40 Years of the HST with 41001, 43048 and 43082 but also enabled us to raise quite a substantial amount for one of East Midlands Trains’ charity partners. This was all possible thanks to the hard work by East Midlands Trains and 125 Group along with our operations team to make it happen.”

Gary Heelas, Chairman of 125 Group, said, “It was great to see several hundred people enjoying themselves on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and joining in the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of 125mph HST services in the UK. We’re grateful to East Midlands Trains for the loan of 43048 and 43082 plus the two coaches, as well as the train crew who provided their services for free. We’re also thrilled that the Railway Children charity was able to join us and do some fundraising, including a raffle to which all those involved contributed to. We look forward to working with everyone again soon!”

For more information about Railway Children, visit railwaychildren.org.uk

125 Group at Warley Show This Weekend

43048 Loughborough GCRN 19th Nov 2016 ©125 Group

HSTs@40 – Thankyou!
Thanks to everyone who came along to the HSTs@40 event at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) last weekend, when visiting East Midlands Trains power car 43048 and two coaches operated a whole day of services with our own Prototype HST power car 41001 and matching Mk3s. ‘Paxman Power Super Saturday’ was a great success with crowds of enthusiasts and families enjoying Britain’s most successful train under a blue sky, at the same time raising funds for Railway Children. Huge thanks to East Midlands Trains for supporting and making the event possible.

Warley National Model Railway Exhibition
The roving 125 Group sales stand will be at the Warley Show this weekend Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th November. We will have a range of 125 Group and official HST40 merchandise available, including art prints, plus desk and wall calendars for 2017 featuring your favourite traction. Venue is the NEC Birmingham, located at Birmingham International railway station. The event features 90 layouts, over 150 trade stands, preservation societies, modelling demonstrations and a full size centrepiece loco display. We look forward to seeing you on Stand A40. Full details at the Warley Show website:  www.thewarleyshow.co.uk

Join 125 Group
We welcome new members who are interested in HSTs and wish to support our cause. Members exclusively receive our quarterly magazine ‘One Two Five’ (click for sample copy) packed with news stories about current mainline operations and our preservation progress. Membership is only £17 for 12 months or sign up to our regular donation scheme from £5 per month. Join up on-line:  www.125group.org.uk/group-membership

Paxman Power Super Saturday

41001 Soapy-suds ©125 Group

Join us tomorrow Saturday 19th November at Great Central Railway Nottingham for HSTs@40, a unique celebration of the Inter-City 125 High Speed Train. Featuring public runs by Prototype Power Car 41001 with its screaming Paxman Valenta engine, working trains together with East Midlands Trains’ Paxman VP185 powered power car 43048 ‘T.C.B. Miller MBE’.

Preserved 41001 has been receiving a wash and brush up ready for the big day. The visiting East Midlands Trains power cars and coaches will be running empty from Derby Etches Park depot on Saturday morning to GCRN Ruddington, and back again late afternoon. Schedules and links to live reporting courtesy of Realtime Trains below:

5Z01 07+34 Derby Etches Park – Hotchley Hill / Rushcliffe Halt which will continue to Ruddington:
www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/J72427/2016/11/19/advanced

5Z02 17+05 Hotchley Hill /Rushcliffe Halt which will start from Ruddington at 16+30:
www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/J72426/2016/11/19/advanced

A charity raffle will take place on-board, with exciting prizes including a cab ride on 41001, two 1st class tickets with East Midlands Trains, a first class ticket for a forthcoming Branch Line Society railtour plus many more!

Power Car 43082 will be on display at Ruddington and open for cab visits for most of the day. Funds raised from the event will benefit charities Railway Children and 125 Group. Services operate between 1000 and 1552, trains will feature Buffet 125 serving hot and cold food including bacon and sausage breakfast baps, hot dogs and burgers. Hot and cold drinks plus real ale will also be available. The full timetable is available at www.125group.org.uk with further details of the event at www.gcrn.co.uk

Special Guests and EMT Power Cars for GCRN HST40 event This Saturday

East Midlands Trains teams up with the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to celebrate 40 years of the High Speed Train

  • Special event to take place on Saturday 19 November
  • East Midlands Trains working in partnership with the 125 Group and the Great Central Railway (Nottingham)
  • Event will help to raise some valuable funds for the charity Railway Children
  • Commemorative plaque to be unveiled on East Midlands Trains power car
  • Guest appearance by Stagecoach Rail Managing Director , Tim Shoveller, who will be helping to shunt trains for the day

East Midlands Trains will be teaming up with the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group to mark the 40th anniversary of the High Speed Trains (HSTs).  A special event will take place at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Saturday 19 November where a visiting East Midlands Trains HST will be doing trips throughout the day.

The HST, which will be made up of power car 43048, plus two coaches attached to a prototype power car (41001) and the 125 Group’s three Mk3 coaches, will be doing four round trips on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) throughout the day. It will be the first time this formation of train has operated on this line and it is expected to be very popular with visitors.

The event will run from 10am until 5pm at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), which is located on Mere Way in Ruddington and day tickets for the event are priced at £12. The chosen charity for the day is Railway Children and in addition to receiving a percentage of the ticket sales, Railway Children will also be selling railway themed Christmas cards and other items on the day to help raise valuable funds for the charity. Power car 43082 which carries the Railway Children name will also be on display at Ruddington and open for cab visits for most of the day.

Special Guests will include two retired engineers who were key to the development of the High Speed Train which was designed in the East Midlands back in the early 1970s: Ron Whalley produced the revolutionary brake control system which enabled the train to stop rapidly from 125mph, and Greg Lilleker who led the commissioning of the Prototype HST and mainline tests including a record-breaking 143mph run. In a ceremony at 1115 at Ruddington station, a plaque will be unveiled on the side of East Midlands Trains power car 43048 to commemorate the 40th year of HST operation.

In addition, there will be a special appearance from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Stagecoach Rail, who will be getting his hands dirty and helping to shunt trains around. Chris Wright, new Director of Engineering for East Midlands Trains and a selection of East Midlands Trains Managers and Drivers will also be volunteering on the day to help ensure that as well as helping to celebrate 40 years of the HSTs, the event raises as much money as possible for Railway Children.

Darren Ward, Head of Drivers for East Midlands Trains, who helped to mastermind East Midlands Trains involvement in the event, said: “Our HSTs remain a firm favourite with many people, and along with the rest of the industry we wanted to celebrate their heritage and at the same time raise some valuable funds for one of our favourite charities.

“We’re all looking forward to playing our part in Saturday’s event and it’s a great opportunity to get our Rail Managing Director, Tim Shoveller, out getting his hands dirty! We’d like to thank the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group for letting us take part in such a great event.”

Gary Heelas, Chairman of the 125 Group, added: “We’re thrilled to team up with our good friends at East Midlands Trains again and are very grateful for the loan of 2 HST power cars and 2 Mk3 coaches for the day to join our own Mk3 fleet and prototype power car 41001.  “We’re also delighted that East Midlands Trains could also invite their nominated charity, Railway Children, along to do some pre-Christmas fund raising.   With five warm coaches, a full buffet service and two generations of Paxman engines as well it promises to be an excellent day.”

Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Railway Children, said “We are so grateful for the invitation to be part of this exciting celebration and to share something more of our work with those involved. We would like to express our gratitude to East Midlands Trains, Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group for the wonderful opportunity to be involved in helping mark this important anniversary year.

“Over the last 20 years, we have helped over 270,000 vulnerable street children across East Africa, India and the UK and any funds raised at this event will go towards helping us continue this valuable work.”

For more information about the event visit www.gcrn.co.uk or www.125group.org.uk.

Hybrid HSTs @40 – Saturday 19th November

EMT and Prototype HSTs ©125 Group

Saturday 19th November will see a special hybrid High Speed Train operating public services at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to celebrate 40 Years of the iconic Inter-City 125. For this charity event, East Midlands Trains are kindly lending two of their power cars and two Mk3 coaches, funds raised will benefit 125 Group and Railway Children. The special HST formation will consist of an EMT power car at one end of the train, Prototype power car 41001 at the other, and coaches from both EMT and 125 Group in between, the first time such a combination has ever been seen. The hybrid HST will work public trains over the former Great Central Mainline, through the scenic Nottinghamshire countryside, making four return trips between Ruddington and Loughborough High Level. Confirmed Timetable below.

‘Buffet 125’ on-board our Mk3 RFM coach 10206 will be serving hot bacon rolls and burgers, hot and cold beverages plus alcoholic drinks including real ale. The 125 Group sales stand will also be open on the train, selling HST merchandise including badges, power car artwork and DVDs. Tickets are available on-line or on-board, reduced fares apply for 125 Group and GCRN members on production of a valid membership card, also for EMT staff with ID. 1st Class Upgrade available on the day. The second EMT power car will be on display all day at Ruddington, open for cab visits in return for a donation to Railway Children who will also have Xmas cards and other items for sale during the day. We are also expecting some special guests who were part of the original HST story 40 years ago and between 1115 and 1145 there will be an unveiling of a ’40 YEARS’ plaque, sponsored by 125 Group, on an EMT power car to mark this important anniversary year. More on the event, tickets and location here: www.gcrn.co.uk

We are very grateful to East Midlands Trains for their kind support. We hope you can join us and celebrate 40 years of the Inter-City 125 High Speed Train, the UK’s most successful train, while raising funds for Railway Children which does such great work fighting for street children abroad and at home. More information on Railway Children here: www.railwaychildren.org.uk