GWR Inter-City 125 Farewell

Sir Kenneth Grange with his namesake power car 43002 before departure of the last HST service train from Paddington.  ©125 Group

This evening Great Western Railway celebrated the end of High Speed Trains serving Paddington after 43 years. Introduced in 1976, the Inter-City 125 was an immediate success and transformed long distance rail travel in the UK.

The event was marked by the last four HST services being lined up side by side in platforms 1 to 4, with the final 125 formed of power cars 43198 and 43002 working the 1830 to Exeter St.Davids. Sir Kenneth Grange, designer of the High Speed Train and 125 Group Hon President was VIP guest at Paddington and travelled on the final service. Thank you to GWR for working so hard behind the scenes to mark this historic occasion in style!

Now in our 25th year, 125 Group is the High Speed Train preservation group, our aim is to preserve at least one production class 43 power car and reinstall the original Valenta engine type. For the past seven years we have been custodians of the National Railway Museum’s prototype HST power car 41001, which we restored to working order with funds raised by us and the kind help of the railway industry.

Help us achieve our goal of preserving an Inter-City 125. Sign up to our monthly donation scheme HERE, which includes free membership with four quality exclusive magazines delivered to you each year, detailing our preservation efforts and with informed articles on the current HST scene.

Worth Valley Weekend

The Prototype HST Power Car and 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches have completed a fully packed weekend of passenger running at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala. Thank you to everyone who came along and bought tickets to travel, visited our 125 Group Sales Stand and sampled the delicious food on-board the HST Pullman Dining Restaurant, prepared and served by the skilled K&WVR team.

41001 and the Mk3s are today (Tuesday 7th May) currently en-route south from the K&WVR. The HST is being hauled in convoy operated by GBRf, powered by 50007 running as 5Z89 0600 from Keighley to Kidderminster. The full detailed live schedule for the movement can be found courtesy of Realtime Trains HERE.

These are the planned timings and routing, all of which can change at short notice due to operational constraints, and the train may run early or late. 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.

Prototype HST Bound for KWVR

Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches are today travelling from Leicester bound for the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway to take part in the Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala this weekend. The transfer is running with schedule 5Z56 1053 Leicester to Keighley booked to arrive at 1629. Full live schedule details and routing for the movement can be found courtesy of Realtime Trains HERE.

These are the planned timings and routing, all of which can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, and the train may run early or late! 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.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala takes place Friday 3rd to Monday 6th May. The Prototype High Speed Train will work public services over this steeply graded and scenic route alongside other guest locomotives and the KWVR resident fleet. We hope you can join us for this exciting event! For more details see the KWVR website HERE.

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HST Easter Saturday at GCRN

Easter Saturday 20th April at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) features Prototype High Speed Train power car 41001 hauling passenger services with 125 Group’s sleek, air-conditioned Mk3 coaches which provide comfortable seating, perfect for railway enthusiasts and all the family, whatever the weather. Services depart from Ruddington station, the GCRN Yellow Timetable B operates on these dates, new for 2019:
1045 and 1445 departures from Ruddington to Loughborough High Level, 90 minute return trip.
1245 and 1345 departures from Ruddington to Rushcliffe Halt, 50 minute return trip.

After departing from Ruddington, all 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 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.

41001 is owned by the National Railway Museum and was restored back to life by 125 Group, this very first HST power car is powered by the original ‘screaming’ Valenta engine type fitted to all Inter-City 125s when built. 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 advise on availability and delighted to serve you. The 125 Group sales stand will also be on the train with a wide range of merchandise available. We look forward to welcoming you on-board!

Ruddington station (sat-nav postcode NG11 6JS) is the base for Great Central Railway (Nottingham) with many heritage transport exhibits, miniature and model railways, car parking and bus links to Nottingham and Loughborough. Rushcliffe Country Park is also here with a children’s play area which overlooks the line. Train tickets can be purchased on the day or from the GCRN website which has more information HERE.

HST Bound for Mid-Norfolk Railway

Prototype HST hauled by 50008 at Rushcliffe Halt GCRN ready to depart for the Mid-Norfolk Railway, 04/04/2019. Photo © J.Akinin

Prototype High Speed Train Power Car 41001 and 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches are this afternoon travelling from their home base Great Central Railway (Nottingham) bound for the Mid-Norfolk Railway to take part in the Spring Diesel Event this weekend.

The transfer is running with schedule 5Z43 1610 Hotchley Hill (Rushcliffe Halt) – Dereham, running via Barrow-Upon-Soar, Melton Mowbray, Stamford, Peterborough, March, Ely West Jn, Ely North Jn, Thetford, Wymondham, onto the MNR and booked to arrive Dereham at 2027. The convoy is being hauled by English Electric class 50 locomotive 50008, full consist is 50008 + 41001 + 11074 + 12134 + 12092 + 10206. Full live schedule details for the movement can be found courtesy of Realtime Trains HERE.

These are the planned timings, routing and traction, all of which can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, and the train may run early or late! 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.

The Mid-Norfolk Railway Spring Diesel Event takes place Friday 5th to Sunday 7th April. The Prototype High Speed Train will work public services over this scenic route alongside other guest locomotives and the Mid-Norfolk Railway resident fleet. We hope you can join us for this exciting event! For more details see the MNR website HERE.