41001 Public Launch Weekend

We are delighted that Prototype HST Power Car 41001 will be hauling its first public passenger trains since restoration by 125 Group Project Miller, at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Sunday 24th & Bank Holiday Monday 25th May 2015.

41001 will be operating ‘top and tail’ with locomotive 56097, hauling a mixed rake of GCR(N)’s Mk2 coaches and 125 Group’s recently acquired Mk3s. Many of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly to bring this historic power car back to life will be present, we look forward to welcoming you and showing off our iconic Valenta powered wonder! Details of fares, timetables and how to get to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) are available at their website www.gcrn.co.uk.


Notice of Annual General Meeting

125 Group 2015 Annual General Meeting

The 125 Group 2015 AGM will be held on Saturday 23rd May 2015 at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), at Ruddington station, the base of operations and facilities and 41001’s home, also known as Nottingham Heritage Transport Centre, address Mere Way, Ruddington, Nottingham, NG11 6JS, parking is available.

All of the current committee are standing for re-election this year with no proposed changes.

Start time is 13:45 hours, in the Visitors Centre meeting room.  GCR(N) will be operating a public passenger service on this day (Yellow timetable B) using a diesel locomotive (not 41001).  The meeting has been timed so that you are able to take a trip on the 1215 departure (normal fares apply), arriving back at Ruddington at 1337, we will hold the start of the meeting if this train is running late!

Afterwards members are welcome to have a tour of 41001 and our Mk3 coaches, subject to it being safe and possible to do so (dependant on their condition and engineering/restoration state).

Hourly buses operated by Trentbarton marketed as ‘Ruddington Connection’ run from Nottigham railway station to the Heritage Transport Centre stop, website www.trentbarton.co.uk , telephone 01773 712265.  Kinchbus service no.9 runs half-hourly calling at Ruddington Business Park A60 stop (a 10 minute walk) on its way between Nottingham and Loughborough railway stations, www.kinchbus.co.uk , 01509 815637.  In addition Nottingham City Transport Green line 10 runs approx every 15 minute from Nottingham railway station to Ruddington Green (15 minute walk), www.nctx.co.uk , telephone 0115 950 60 70.

The AGM is only open to members and all members must present their valid membership card prior to entry. Any member who doesn’t have their membership card should contact the membership secretary on join@125group.org.uk