Valenta comes to Wansford!

Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and our matching Mk3 coaches have arrived safely at the Nene Valley Railway, ready to star in this weekend’s Diesel Gala where they will be working passenger trains on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April. During Friday 8th the HST will be on display at Wansford, hopefully in the sunshine!

Start Valenta! 41001 at Wansford NVR 7th Apr 2016 ©125 Group

The gala promises great variety with visiting locomotives 31452, 47192, 47712, 50008, 56006, 56098 and 60066 all now arrived at Wansford, operating base of the NVR. However, the best looking train around 41001 with its screaming Paxman Valenta engine and sleek matching Mk3 coaches are ready to steal the show! Whatever your taste in traction we hope to see you on board the iconic HST, our Buffet 125 will be serving hot sausage and bacon baps and burgers, plus cider and real ale as long as supplies last. The 125 Group sales stand will also be on-board, join up as a member and help our mission to preserve a production Inter-City 125 and put a Valenta back inside that too!

For full information on how to get to the Nene Valley Railway, up-to-date special timetables and traction rosters, also to buy tickets on-line, see the NVR website.

HST for NVR Gala / Mk3 Day Trip

41001 and 125 Group’s Mk3s at Leicester Depot with D6836 and 56006 also planned to appear at the NVR Gala ©125 Group

Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala – This coming weekend Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s matching Mk3 coaches will be the Star Guests at the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala operating public passenger trains between Yarwell Junction, Wansford and Peterborough NV.

The event is planned to feature a wide range of visiting locomotives including D6836 (37905), 56006 and 56098, hot food and draught ales will be available including from on-board ‘Buffet 125’ in our RFM vehicle 10206.  The gala takes place over three days from Friday 8th April however the iconic HST will only be in service on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th April. For full information on how to get to the Nene Valley Railway, special timetables and traction rosters, also to buy tickets on-line, see the NVR website.

Mk3s Midlands Day Trip – 125 Group’s prototype HST livery Mk3 coaches 11074, 10206 and 12092 are expected to have a day out on the mainline tomorrow Wednesday 6th April as part of non-passenger convoy 5Z07 1055 from Leicester Depot to Barrow Hill via Derby and 6Z37 1518 return. Click the headcodes for live schedules courtesy of Realtime Trains.

HST Transfer to NVR – Power car 41001 and our matching Mk3s are expected to depart for the NVR on Thursday 7th April as part of non-passenger convoy 5Z41 1034 from Leicester Depot running via Melton Mowbray (11/15), Peterborough ECML (1225-1227), passing from Fletton Junction over the link onto the Nene Valley Railway arriving Orton Mere at 1236.  As always, information is provided in good faith and all of these planned movements can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, the trains may run early or late or be cancelled.

Marvellous Mid-Norfolk!

The Prototype HST Power Car and 125 Group’s matching Mk3 coaches have completed a marvellous weekend of passenger running at the Mid-Norfolk Spring Diesel Gala. There were many highlights, including photo-shoot run pasts at the picturesque private station of Hardingham, working with the MNR’s resident Mk3 and Mk2 coaches with electric train supply from 41001, a trip to the current northern end of the route at Hoe and the unforgettable Saturday evening run on which 41001 hauled a combined load of six Mk2 coaches and three class 50 locomotives, working the classic Valenta power car harder than ever!

41001 Dereham MNR (c)125 Group

Thankyou to all who came along and bought tickets to travel over this wonderful weekend, we hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. The 125 Group team would like to offer special thanks to everyone at the Mid-Norfolk Railway for their excellent organisation and very warm welcome, it has been an absolute pleasure operating the Prototype HST with you on your splendid railway.

41001 and the Mk3s are today (Monday 4th April) leaving the MNR on the next leg of their Spring tour, bound for Leicester then onto the Nene Valley Railway. The HST departed from Dereham at 0615 as part of a convoy hauled by top’n’tail class 50 locomotives, running as 5Z50 via Wymondham (0722-0726), Ely North Curve, March (08/44), Peterborough (09/04), Oakham (09/36), Leicester (1028). The full schedule for the movement can be found courtesy of Realtime Trains here: http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/K96040/2016/04/04/advanced  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.

Mid-Norfolk Railway Spring Diesel Gala

D400 seen from 41001’s cab during transit from GCRN to MNR 31st March 2016 (c)125 Group

High Speed Train Prototype Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s matching Mk3 coaches 12092, 10206 and 11074 have arrived safely at the Mid-Norfolk Railway, following transit from their home base Ruddington GCR(N). They will be taking part in the MNR’s Spring Diesel Gala this weekend, working passenger trains on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd April.

Mk3s 10213 and 12092 at Dereham, Mid Norfolk Railway 31st March 2016 (c)125 Group

Highlights include 41001 hauling the longest rake of Mk3 coaches in Preservation, special run-pasts at Hardingham station, ‘The Breckland Fryer’ breakfast trains, plus many other diesel locomotives including no less than three English Electric class 50s. Come and experience the Prototype HST fitted with the original classic Paxman Valenta engine, bringing to life the sights and sounds of the 1970s. Full details including special timetables, locomotive rosters and ticketing information can be found on the MNR website.

Prototype HST Norfolk Bound

Prototype Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches have been given a wash and brush up at their home base of Ruddington GCR(N) and early tomorrow (Thursday 31st March) will be heading for the Mid-Norfolk Railway to take part in their diesel gala this weekend.

41001 Wash and Brush Up

The HST will be departing from Ruddington at 0645 to Rushcliffe Halt where an ensemble of English Electric class 50 locomotives will meet up and haul train to Leicester Depot with schedule 5Z50 0910 Hotchley Hill to Leicester. After some shunting 41001 and the matching Mk3s will depart as part of the convoy heading for deepest East Anglia, running as 5X50 1210 Leicester Depot to Dereham via Oakham (1305-1326), Stamford, Peterborough (14/02), March, Ely North Curve, Thetford and Wymondham (1549-1554).

Full schedules for the movements can be found courtesy of Realtime Trains here:

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O82057/2016/03/31/advanced

http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/O82092/2016/03/31/advanced

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!