Many thanks to everyone who came to our Meet the Fleet event at Ruddington on the 29th and 30th of August. It was a pleasure showing so many people around our fleet and especially introducing some of our younger visitors to the drivers seat. Hopefully some future volunteers in the making….
On Sunday 29th, we were joined by a visitor from East Midlands Railway Trust. EMRT have kindly put together the following video about us and the event which we are pleased to share with you all!
We hope to run more events like this in the future, so please keep an eye out for announcements in OTF Magazine, social media and here on the website.
With the recent handover of 43102 (one of the power cars involved in the 1987 record breaking test run) to the National Collection at Shildon, the other power car 43159, has faced a less certain future, having been in store for a prolonged period since retirement from Great Western operation.
125 Group is delighted to announce today that Porterbrook, the power car’s owner, has made a fantastic donation of this second world diesel speed record holder 43159, to 125 Group.
While we have always selected our vehicles based on condition and availability, rather than painted number, the historical significance has certainly played a large part in this case, but 125 Group still satisfied itself that the vehicle was in good overall condition before confirming to Porterbrook that they wished to proceed.
This puts 125 Group in a unique position, as not only one of the few owners of preserved HST vehicles, but the only one that can show such a wide range of the HST’s history; 43159 of-course being fitted with an MTU engine as part of its return to service with First Great Western in 2007.
The Group’s plan for the fleet will see a Valenta fitted, Marston cooled power car (43044), two VP185 fitted power cars with Brush coolers (43048 & 43089) and an MTU powered example with Voith cooler (43159). All are planned to be maintained in an operational condition with main line certification. These power cars will be utilised in conjunction with the nine HST trailer vehicles owned by the Group, allowing a variation of formations and uses depending on the market need.
125 Group again wishes to place on record its sincerest gratitude to Porterbrook for their amazing generosity in supporting our aims, but also wishes to thank its own members, for their support and financial backing to bring this small fleet of HSTs into the preservation circle.
Ongoing support to our engineering/operational teams, or financial support towards the upkeep and operation of these fabulous vehicles, can be made through our Direct Debit schemes, or Group membership, as detailed on our website. https://www.125group.org.uk/you-can-help/
43159 Life History
1 Dec 1978
Ordered by British Rail under Lot No 30946.
14 Mar 1981
Delivered from Crewe Works.
19 Apr 1981
Accepted into traffic as part of set 254036, with 43160. The first allocation was to Leeds Neville Hill.
First overhaul, a ‘Light’ at Derby Locomotive Works.
1 Nov 1987
Sets a new world diesel rail speed record of 148mph with 43102 whilst running a test train for the Mark 4 coach SIG bogies between Darlington and York.
28 Mar 1988
Sector codes first allocated, with 43159 going to the East Coast IECP fleet.
14 May 1989
Transferred from East Coast to Midland Main Line IMLP pool at Neville Hill.
6 May 1990
Transferred to the Great Western IWRP fleet at Plymouth Laira depot.
12 Apr 1992
Transferred to Cross-Country’s ICCP fleet, still at Laira.
1 Apr 1994
Ownership transfers to Porterbrook Leasing as part of privatisation.
Repainted into Virgin livery during a ‘F’ exam at Neville Hill.
4 Oct 2002
Transferred to Longsight as part of Virgin’s “Challenger” fleet.
3 Mar 2003
Arrives at Brush, Loughborough for “Project Rio” upgrade.
13 May 2003
Released from Brush after upgrade and re-livery to MML’s blue livery.
16 May 2003
Transferred to Midland Mainline’s “Rio” fleet (IMRL) at Neville Hill depot.
29 Aug 2004
Named “Rio Warrior” at Longsight without ceremony.
14 Sep 2004
11 Nov 2004
Back on lease to Midland Mainline’s IMLP pool, again based at Neville Hill
17 Jan 2005
Off-leased again and transferred back to Porterbrook’s off lease SBXL pool.
27 May 2006
Taken on lease by First Great Western (IWRP pool) and transferred to Laira.
11 Dec 2006
Pool code altered to EFPC.
1 Feb 2007
Arrives at Brush for re-engineering and repaint into FGW colours.
26 Jul 2007
Released from Brush following MTU conversion.
Following an ‘F’ exam and repaint at Laira, is exhibited at the NRM’s “Railfest” exhibition.
7 Apr 2019
Last day for GWR, working 5A81 1000 LA-PLY, 1A81 1100 PLY-PAD, 1C20 1527 PAD-BRI, 5C20 1722 BRI-LA with 43018 and set LA72.