Preservation Update – November 2020

Despite a number of challenges during 2020 (including the dreaded COVID-19), 125 Group have been fortunate in being able to continue working towards our aim of preserving HST Powercars and MK3 coaches.

43048, 42111, 40730, 41057 & 43089 at Leicester UKRL

Thanks to the generosity of Porterbrook, we took ownership of 43089 at the end of August. 43089 moved to Leicester and went on temporary hire to DATS in September. This was followed by the transfer of 43048 at the beginning of October. While this was happening, we were also able to secure additional HST MK3 trailers from Porterbrook – TF 41057, TS 42111 and TFRB 40730. These trailers moved to Leicester to join 43089 in early November. 43048 has since joined them, being moved from temporary storage at Long Marston on 18th November.

Our plans for keeping these vehicles safe and operational during the current situation of lockdowns and other COVID restrictions are currently being worked on. Members always get our preservation updates first via email or our OneTwoFive members magazine. You can join online here by direct debit or one-off annual payment to ensure you get the latest 125 Group news first!

Our 2021 Calendar is now SOLD OUT

Many thanks to everyone for buying our 2021 Calendar – we hope you enjoy it. Look out for our 2022 Calendar next year.

Mk3s running with 20154 & 31463 at GCRN Weekends 15/16 & 22/23 February 2020

125 Group’s Mk3 coaches will be running passenger trains at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Half Term weekends Sat 15th/Sun 16th and Sat 22nd/Sun 23rd February. Rostered traction will be Class 20 locomotive D8154/20154 and Class 31 D5830/31463 working top and tail, subject to availability/confirmation.

Blue Timetable A operates on these dates with departures from Ruddington GCRN station at 1045, 1245 and 1445, all running through to Loughborough High Level, a 90 minute return trip. 125 Group’s sleek, air-conditioned Mk3 coaches provide comfortable seating, perfect for railway enthusiasts and all the family, whatever the weather and feature two vehicles 12087 and 12134 painted in INTERCITY Swallow livery.

After departing from Ruddington, trains reverse at Fifty Steps (no station) then run southbound along the former Great Central Mainline through the scenic Nottinghamshire countryside calling at Rushcliffe Halt station. The route is almost 10 miles long and continues through Barnstone Tunnel to Loughborough High Level, which has no station but affords a great view over the Midland Mainline and looks down into Brush Works, with locomotives for overhaul often visible.

Our traditional ‘Buffet 125’ will be open on-board the train, serving a selection of delicious breakfast baps and other hot foods, 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 on the train with a wide range of HST merchandise available.

Ruddington station (sat-nav postcode NG11 6JS) is the operating base for GCRN with car parking and bus links to Nottingham and Loughborough. More details from GCRN available 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.