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.
Why donate by direct debit?
It is still unknown how much longer HSTs have in mainstream service but with IEPs and AT300s now entering service for Great Western Railway & London North Eastern Railway, there is a very real possibility that HSTs will become surplus in the near future.
With time against us we need to raise as much money as possible so we can acquire vehicles when they are retired and, just as importantly 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 scheme. Regular donations, even small ones, will provide a huge boost to our preservation fund. If 100 members signed up to contribute just £5 a month, that would generate £6000 a year towards obtaining and maintaining a HST Powercar.
Anyone who becomes a regular contributor is entitled to 125 Group membership* by completing a simple sign up form. If you are already a 125 Group member your membership will be transferred to this payment method when you sign up below. Twice a year we will randomly draw a person from all direct debit donors, and the lucky person will be awarded a cab ride on 41001 along the length of the line from Ruddington on the Great Central Railway (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 (All transactions are covered by the Direct Debit guarantee and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority).
To keep it simple just follow the 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.
Select your preferred contribution amount and complete the process on the new tab/page that opens:
Then claim your membership by clicking on the DD Membership item below and complete checkout. This will be processed in the same way as an annual membership, with a membership card being dispatched with the next issue of One Two Five magazine.
125 Group DD Membership
As a supporter of 125 Group through Direct Debit you are also entitled to membership of the group whilst your monthly payments remain active. In order to receive this, please complete the checkout process for this item.
If you have any questions or queries regarding to the scheme please send an email to: email@example.com
*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.