Porterbrook to donate HST Power Cars to 125 Group

125 Group is absolutely delighted to confirm that two mainline power cars will be joining us on a permanent basis, thanks to a fantastic donation by leasing company Porterbrook.

High Speed Train production power cars 43048 and 43089 owned by Porterbrook and currently operated by East Midlands Railway will be handed over at the end of their careers in front line service.

125 Group was founded in 1994 with the aim of preserving a working Inter-City 125 for future generations. Our volunteers and trustees have given their valuable time, sweat and passionate commitment over the past 25 years, fundraising and building a sound reputation in preservation and with the railway industry, working towards this goal. We are extremely grateful to Porterbrook for their wonderful, generous donation!

Prototype HST Power Car 41001 to return to York

125 Group is very sad to announce that unique Prototype Power Car 41001 will be returning to its owner, the National Railway Museum at York in early November, at the end of the current operating agreement. Despite best efforts, 125 Group and the Science Museum Group have been unable to reach a new agreement and the Science Museum Group has made the decision to terminate the loan.

41001 has been on a considerable journey in the 8 years since 125 Group took custodianship and, under Project Miller, restored the vehicle from a static exhibit to full working order. The power car has operated successfully for almost 5 years, regularly hauling public passenger trains at its home railway Great Central Railway (Nottingham), plus numerous visits to other preserved railways around the UK.

We are grateful to the National Railway Museum for having the foresight and confidence in us, allowing 125 Group to take 41001 on loan and bring her back to life, and are very disappointed that the work undertaken by us will no longer be of use in the future.

Sincere thank you to all of our members, hard working volunteers and loyal supporters who have generously given their own time and funded our operation of 41001. We remain indebted to the multitude of companies in the Railway Industry who have provided substantial valuable help and expert advice which made restoration possible, we are eternally grateful. Thanks also to our hosts throughout 41001’s operations, Great Central Railway (Nottingham).

125 Group was formed 25 years ago with the long term objective of preserving the HST. We already own, maintain and operate a small fleet of Mk3 coaches and hope to acquire at least one Production Power Car in the near future to continue our journey in preservation.

GCRN Diesel Gala

The Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Diesel Gala takes place Sat 14th & Sun 15th Sept featuring home fleet 20154, Class 31 – D5830, 47292 and 56097 (subject to completion of maintenance) PLUS visiting locomotives 33053 courtesy of UKRail along with 20311, 20314 and 37612 courtesy of HNRC.

125 Group’s sleek Mk3 coaches will be in action including recently repainted INTERCITY livery TSOs 12087 and 12134. Our traditional ‘Buffet 125’ will be open on-board the train, serving a selection of delicious breakfast baps followed by burgers, cold snacks, hot and cold beverages plus alcoholic drinks including bottled ciders, beers and wine, our volunteers will be pleased to serve you. The 125 Group Sales stand will also be open on-board, selling our latest range of merchandise including our Inter-City 125 Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual and pre-orders for the 125 Group 2020 Calendar.

For information on tickets, timetables and locomotive roster when available, plus how to get to Great Central Railway (Nottingham), see their website HERE. As always, plans are made and this information is provided in good faith, however all arrangements in railway preservation are subject to alteration in the event of changing circumstances, for which 125 Group can not be held liable.