Pickering HST railtour – Pay on the day Seats Available

43051 at Glaisdale on a railtour in 1989. Photo Copyright Richard Allen

Seats are still available on ‘The Pickering Paxman’ East Midlands Trains  / Branch Line Society HST charity special to Pickering and Whitby on Saturday 15th July. The railtour runs from Derby depart 05:55 / arrive back 21:19, Chesterfield depart 07:06 / (does not stop on return), Sheffield depart 07:21 / arrive back 20:13 and York depart 08:28 / arrive back 19:07.

Featuring unusual lines, plus haulage by shunting locos 08417 + 08899 on the first leg of the railtour from Derby onto Etches Park depot.

Standard class tickets are available to buy on the day from coach E on-board the train. Accompanied under 18s 50% reduction. No unaccompanied under 18s.

Full fare £81, Discount rate for BLS & 125 Group members / Railway Industry Staff / NRM Volunteers & Employees £69.

‘Mini Paxman’ Derby-Etches Park depot-Chesterfield one way only single £29

‘Wensleydale Paxman’ Mini Paxman plus travel to AND from York – handy if you are travelling to the Wensleydale Railway diesel weekend and loco 60044! £39

Join us for this historic first visit of a High Speed Train to Pickering on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, raising funds for the charity Railway Children, fighting for street children at home and abroad.

Cab Ride auction raises £2,000 for Samaritans!

East Midlands HST storms Duffield / Cab Interior – Main Image ©John Weaver

The East Midlands Trains Inter-City 125 VIP Cab-Ride charity auction closed today with a winning bid of £2,000! Massive congratulations to Philip the successful bidder and to ‘Samaritans’ who will be receiving this very useful charitable donation, helping their valuable work, check out their website HERE. Sincere thanks to everyone who has taken part, and to East Midlands Trains for making the wonderful prize available!

EMT HST Cab Ride & Nameplate up for grabs in Charity Auction

125 Group is delighted to promote these two East Midlands Trains charity silent auctions, with fantastic prizes!

CHARITY SILENT AUCTION – ITEM 1

An accompanied VIP footplate ride experience for two people on an East Midlands Trains HST. All money raised going to ‘Samaritans’. **Minimum reserve £400**

As an exclusive offer for 125 Group members, East Midlands Trains are offering the opportunity for a lucky bidder to experience the wonders of a VP185 powered High Speed Train footplate experience in exchange for a charitable donation to Samaritans; an amazing charity that works closely with the rail industry to provide training for rail industry employees to aid them in identifying and helping vulnerable members of the public.

The winning bidder and a friend/relative will be accompanied by the East Midlands Trains Head of Drivers who will act as your guide for the day whilst you enjoy a drivers eye experience in the cab a production HST at speeds up to 125mph. This is a rare treat that normally falls into a ‘Money can’t buy’ category… but for you it can, and comes with an added charitable feel-good factor! How much is this once in a lifetime opportunity worth to you? Or maybe you would like to win this as the ultimate present for a friend? Surely this is an opportunity not to miss?!

A mutually agreeable date will be formalised with the winning bidder, as will the format for the day regarding start time/location and services to be covered. Examples of previous charity footplate rides have involved a full return trip along the amazing Midland Mainline between Nottingham and London, but we will make this bespoke for you.

Bids should be submitted by email to darren.ward@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk stating ‘125 Group footplate ride’ in the header. The body of the email need only state the amount of the bid, contact details (Name, email, phone number) and 125 Group Membership Number. Anybody submitting a bid must be over 18 and have the funds available to pay into a ‘Just Giving’ site at the close of the auction. Children aged 8 and over are eligible to participate in the footplate ride, however they must be well behaved and accompanied by an adult friend/relative. Full details of requirements for the day will be explained in more detail prior to the event.

The highest bid as of 12.00 Friday 2 June will be the winner. Contact will be made directly with the winner via the details provided. Details of the day out will also be shared in a future issue of 125 Group members magazine ‘One Two Five’. Not a member of 125 Group, or has your membership expired? You can join up or renew on this website, it takes just a few steps, start by clicking HERE.


CHARITY SILENT AUCTION – ITEM 2

A genuine ‘Railway Children – The Voice for street children worldwide’ nameplate, carried by 43082 since 13 September 2009. All money raised going to ‘Railway Children’. **Minimum reserve £500**

This auction is open to all. 43082 was originally named ‘Railway Children – The Voice for street children worldwide’ during the Neville Hill open day on 13 September 2009. It has since been one of East Midlands Trains most travelled power cars, having visited Dereham as part of the ‘MidNorfolk Marauder’ railtour, Oxenhope as part of the ‘Worth Valley Wanderer’ railtour, and was on show at GCR-N Ruddington for the 40 year celebrations last November. In fact its association with one of the rail industry’s most loved charities means it is one of the most requested power cars for tours and events, and the attractive nameplate design has been admired by many.

In recognition of our continued relationship with the Railway Children charity, we have agreed to have some new names cast with the revised charity strap-line ‘Railway Children – Fighting for street children’ . This means we have to find a new home for the battle-worn originals, and one of these is on offer via this silent auction.

The winning bidder will be presented with the nameplate and a letter from East Midlands Trains confirming authenticity and ownership. We will also provide electronic copies of official photographs show-casing some of 43082s highlights whilst bearing the plate on offer. Bids should be submitted by email to darren.ward@eastmidlandstrains.co.uk stating ‘125Group 43082 nameplate’ in the header. The body of the email need only state the amount of the bid and contact details (Name, email, phone number). Anybody submitting a bid must be over 18 and have the funds available to pay into a ‘Just Giving’ site at the point of the close of the auction. Arrangements will need to be made for the winner to collect the nameplate from an East Midlands Trains location, or be willing to pay an additional cost for delivery (Please note that this is a weighty item!)

The highest bid as of 17.00 Saturday 15th July will be the winner. Contact will be made directly with the winner via the details provided in the email.


So what’s stopping you … ?  Get bidding!  Thanks for your support!

‘The Pickering Paxman’ Charity Railtour

East Midlands Trains (EMT), in conjunction with the Branch Line Society and 125 Group, is delighted to announce a very special High Speed Train charter on Saturday 15th July 2017 from Derby, Sheffield and York to the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors Railway, in aid of the charity Railway Children.

The railtour will traverse unusual lines along the way and will be formed of an EMT HST: eight Mark 3 vehicles and two EMT Class 43 power cars fitted with VP185 engines, with 43082 ‘Railway Children’ requested. The train will first run to Whitby then back to Grosmont and via the connecting line onto the NYMR and run through to Pickering, a first for a HST. Standard Class and First Class Dining fares available, with discounts for members of 125 Group, BLS and EMT staff.

For full details and to purchase tickets, download the booking form HERE.

****** 1ST CLASS DINING IS NOW FULLY BOOKED – STANDARD CLASS SEATS STILL AVAILABLE! ******

Bound for Craigy – Record Breaking Fundraiser!

Virgin Trains Power Car 43300 leads the ‘Bound for Craigy’ charity railtour around York Avoiding Line past the Regional Operations Centre, Saturday 18th March 2017. ©Robin Patrick

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the iconic High Speed Train, the Branch Line Society marked this milestone by chartering a special train, in conjunction with Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), 125 Group and the Preserved Locomotive Enthusiasts Group. Over £43,000 was raised on the day for the charity Railway Children, which supports children at risk on the streets in the UK, India and East Africa who run away from home or are forced to leave due to poverty, violence or neglect.

Starting from the newly renovated Kings Cross station, the special Inter-City 125 chartered by the Branch Line Society took rail fans from London to Edinburgh and back on March 18, 2017. Ticket-holders travelled in style, enjoying an array of food and drinks as they journeyed along the famous East Coast Main Line, also taking in the Blyth and Tyne route plus very unusual visits to Bounds Green and Craigentinny maintenance depots.

Those on board the nine-coach High Speed Train, included its original designer and godfather of British modernism Sir Kenneth Grange. Not just train designer royalty, Sir Kenneth is also the designer of the celebrated Kenwood Mixer, the 21st century revamp of the Anglepoise lamp, and the classic ‘Venner’ parking meter, not forgetting Kodak’s Instamatic camera. Sir Kenneth is now Hon President of 125 Group, the enthusiasts’ society which aims to preserve one of the iconic trains when they are finally taken out of service.

Sir Kenneth said: “Four decades on, the high speed train remains the backbone of the rail network and has had a major impact on the general life of most people in this country. I think it’s still fair to say that the Inter-City 125 remains one of my proudest achievements and it has given me a great deal of pleasure to share this anniversary with so many other HST fans for such a good cause.”

Kev Adlam, Fixtures Secretary, Branch Line Society, said: “Thank you to everyone from Virgin Trains, 125 Group, PLEG, East Midlands Trains, Network Rail and Rail Gourmet that made Saturday’s special train such an interesting, enjoyable and record breaking railtour.

“At over 800 miles it was the longest distance travelled by a one day railtour in the Society’s 62 year history, and we believe the new UK record holder for a one day charity railtour in terms of funds raised. The atmosphere on board was amazing, and for the total revenue to be over £43,000 is red hot.”

Bound for Craigy Cheque Presentation at Newcastle, (from left): VTEC Edinburgh Driver Ross Clark, VTEC Newcastle Driver Hugh Cowan, Dave Ellis (Corporate Partnerships Manager, Railway Children), Sir Kenneth Grange, David Maidment (Founder of the charity Railway Children), Katie Mason (Events Manager, Railway Children).

Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Railway Children, said: “The High Speed Train stands as testimony to the excellence of British Rail engineering and the genius of the industrial designer Kenneth Grange who created the aerodynamic front cab and nosecone of the Inter-City 125, giving the train its iconic shape. 

“It has been a fantastic experience to celebrate the 40th anniversary of one of the world’s most successful trains. Thanks to the support of the Branch Line Society, Virgin Trains, 125 Group, PLEG, East Midlands Trains, Network Rail, Rail Gourmet and enthusiasts, over £43,000 has been raised to help us in our fight to change the lives of street children, which is a huge achievement.”

Further information available through the Railway Children press office on 07932 725267 or andrew@acolliscommunications.com

About Railway Children
Railway Children is a leading children’s charity fighting for vulnerable children who live alone at risk on the streets, where they suffer abuse and exploitation. In the UK, society often denies their existence, and in other countries the problem is so prevalent that it has become ‘normal’.

Children and young people run away or are forced to leave home where they suffer poverty, violence, abuse and neglect. They find themselves living on the streets because there is nowhere else to go and no one left to turn to. The problems they face on the streets are often even worse than those they endured at home. Every day we fight to change their story.

Railway Children races to reach children as soon as they arrive on the streets and intervene before an abuser can. Our pioneering work in the UK, India and East Africa enables us to get to street children before the streets get to them. 

For more information on how you can get involved, visit www.railwaychildren.org.uk