Direct Debit Donations

There is one irrefutable fact about railway preservation – it is eye wateringly expensive!

Keeping a vintage locomotive going is a massive task. We already know this through our experience with 41001. Keeping multiple vehicles running including power cars and coaches will be an even bigger and more expensive task. With the end of mainline HST operation now on the horizon we need your help more than ever.

What do we need:
It is still unknown how much longer HSTs have in mainstream service but with IEPs now off the drawing board and on the rails and AT300s also on order for Great Western Railway there is a very real possibility that HSTs will become surplus in the not too distant future.

With time against us we need to raise as much money as possible to give us the best possible chance to acquire vehicles when they are retired and, just as importantly, to keep them running once we own them. If you want to be part of this and able to enjoy the HST for many years to come, we need your help now.

The most effective way we can raise funds is by people signing up as regular contributors and this is why we have launched our direct debit contribution scheme. Regular donations, even small ones, will provide a huge boost to our preservation fund.

Anyone who becomes a regular contributor will receive free 125 Group membership* (see sign up form below). If you are already a 125 Group member your membership will be transferred to this payment method meaning no more annual renewal forms to complete. Twice a year we will draw at random a person from the direct debit donors, the lucky person being awarded a cab ride on 41001 along the length of the line from Ruddington on the GCR (Nottingham). Other benefits for those supporting us this way may also be announced from time to time.

How it works:

Our direct debit scheme is run by Go Cardless, it’s simple, quick to sign up to and secure (being covered by the Direct Debit guarantee and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority).

To keep it simple just follow the two step process below. We’ve set up a number of ‘plans’ to pick from (see below). Click the button for your desired contribution level to be taken to the Go Cardless sign up page. Enter your details as required and your bank account will then be debited by your chosen amount on your chosen date every month. Then return here to claim your free 125 Group Membership.

It really is that simple!

Step One. Sign up to your desired Direct Debit Monthly Plan:

Step Two. Claim your Free Membership:

125 Group Membership


As a supporter of The 125 Group through Direct Debit you are also entitled to free membership of the group for as long as your monthly payments remain active.

To process your membership we simply need you to fill in the form agreeing to our Terms and Conditions and Gift Aid declaration (if you are eligible) shown below. Then click ‘Select‘ and enter your address details so we can send you ‘OneTwoFive’ – our quarterly magazine exclusive to 125 Group members.


Product Description


If you’re a UK Taxpayer we can reclaim Gift Aid from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your agreement to the statement below and your address on the following page is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. It costs you nothing but allows us to reclaim an extra 25p for every £1.00 of your Direct Debit payments.

I want to Gift Aid my donation to The 125 Group. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less income tax and/or Capital Gains tax in a tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.”


Terms and Conditions

I agree to abide by the aims of The 125 Group and the rules set out in The 125 Group Constitution. (Download Here).

In accordance with the Data Protection Act I understand that the 125 Group will retain my details on file for the sole purpose of addressing its envelopes and communicating with me by e-mail and e-bulletin and that my details will not be passed on to any other organisation without my express permission.

Additional Information

Membership Type

Direct Debit

Please claim Gift Aid on my payments

Yes, No

I agree to the 125 Group Terms & Conditions

Yes, No

I am an exisiting member of The 125 Group

Yes, No

If you have any questions or queries regarding to the scheme please send an email to:

*Should you cancel your contributions, free membership will be terminated 12 months after your last contribution. 12 months free membership is subject to a minimum total contribution of £20.

Thank You for your support.

4 thoughts on “Direct Debit Donations

  1. Hi Guys,I have just set up a direct debit to help keep this unique loco operational for years to come and for people to enjoy.
    Keep up the great work guys.

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