Direct Debit Donations

There is one irrefutable fact about railway preservation – it is eye wateringly expensive!

Keeping a vintage locomotive going is a massive task. We already know this through our experience with 41001. Keeping multiple vehicles running including power cars and coaches will be an even bigger and more expensive task. With the end of mainline HST operation now on the horizon we need your help more than ever.

What do we need:
It is still unknown how much longer HSTs have in mainstream service but with IEPs now off the drawing board and on the rails and AT300s also on order for Great Western Railway there is a very real possibility that HSTs will become surplus in the not too distant future.

With time against us we need to raise as much money as possible to give us the best possible chance to acquire vehicles when they are retired and, just as importantly, to keep them running once we own them. If you want to be part of this and able to enjoy the HST for many years to come, we need your help now.

The most effective way we can raise funds is by people signing up as regular contributors and this is why we have launched our direct debit contribution scheme. Regular donations, even small ones, will provide a huge boost to our preservation fund.

Anyone who becomes a regular contributor will receive free 125 Group membership* (see sign up form below). If you are already a 125 Group member your membership will be transferred to this payment method meaning no more annual renewal forms to complete. Twice a year we will draw at random a person from the direct debit donors, the lucky person being awarded a cab ride on 41001 along the length of the line from Ruddington on the GCR (Nottingham). Other benefits for those supporting us this way may also be announced from time to time.

How it works:

Our direct debit scheme is run by Go Cardless, it’s simple, quick to sign up to and secure (being covered by the Direct Debit guarantee and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority).

To keep it simple just follow the two step process below. We’ve set up a number of ‘plans’ to pick from (see below). Click the button for your desired contribution level to be taken to the Go Cardless sign up page. Enter your details as required and your bank account will then be debited by your chosen amount on your chosen date every month. Then return here to claim your free 125 Group Membership.

It really is that simple!

Step One. Sign up to your desired Direct Debit Monthly Plan:

Step Two. Claim your Free Membership:

125 Group Membership


As a supporter of 125 Group through Direct Debit you are also entitled to free membership of the group for as long as your monthly payments remain active.

To process your membership renewal we need you to fill in the form below agreeing to our Gift Aid declaration (if you are eligible), Privacy statement and Terms and Conditions shown below.


Product Description

Please read the following information, agree above and click ‘Sign Up‘. On the next screen enter your address and payment information so we can send you ‘OneTwoFive’ our quarterly magazine exclusive to 125 Group members.


If you’re a UK Taxpayer we can reclaim Gift Aid from the tax you pay for the current tax year. Your agreement to the statement below and your address on the following page is needed to identify you as a current UK taxpayer. It costs you nothing but allows us to reclaim an extra 25p for every £1.00 of your Direct Debit payments.

Giftaid Statement – “I wish to Gift Aid my donation to The 125 Group. I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less income tax and/or Capital Gains tax in a tax year than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all of my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.”

Data Privacy

You name and address details will be held on our Membership Database solely for the purpose of addressing envelopes and communicating with you through our regular printed magazines or other information sent directly by 125 Group. Your details will not be passed on to any third party organisation without your permission. Information we hold about you relates to keeping accurate records of your membership status including name, address, e-mail, joining and renewal dates, membership fees and mailing preferences.

As a member of 125 Group you can also choose to receive occasional e-mails from us containing the latest HST news, events and special offers before they appear in our magazine and on other railway websites, Please let us know if you would like to be contacted this way. The e-mail address that you submit to us will only be used for sending these e-bulletins. Your e-mail address will be stored in our Membership Database for this purpose and will be forwarded to MailChimp (a third party data processor) who provide us with e-mail marketing services. Your e-mail address will remain within MailChimp’s database for as long as we continue to use MailChimp’s services or until you specifically request removal from the list. You can do this by unsubscribing using the unsubscribe links in the e-bulletins or by requesting removal via e-mail.

Bank account details for members who pay by Direct Debit are not held on the Membership Database, these are processed and held by GoCardless (a third party data processor) who provide us with Direct Debit services.

Our Data Protection and Privacy Policy can be viewed here which states how we look after our members information.

Terms and Conditions

I also agree to support the aims of The 125 Group and abide by the rules set out in the 125 Group Members Handbook which can be downloaded here.

Additional Information

Membership Type

Direct Debit

I am an existing member of 125 Group

Yes, No

Please claim Gift Aid on my payments (see below)

Yes, No

I agree for my e-mail address to be used for occasional 125 Group e-bulletins (see below)

Yes, No

I agree to 125 Group Terms & Conditions (see below)

Yes, No

If you have any questions or queries regarding to the scheme please send an email to:

*Should you cancel your contributions, free membership will be terminated 12 months after your last contribution. 12 months free membership is subject to a minimum total contribution of £20.

Thank You for your support.

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