Farewell East Midlands Trains!

125 Group would like to say a massive Thank You to East Midlands Trains for 11 years of support and friendship, helping us grow from an enthusiast group into a fully fledged preservation group and registered charity, still the only one focused on the Inter-City 125.

Project Miller – our restoration of the National Railway Museum’s Prototype HST Power Car 41001 from static museum exhibit to fully working iconic treasure – received help from many companies in the railway industry but East Midlands Trains’ massive input hosting 41001 at Neville Hill and giving expert guidance was key. Three very special events ‘The Screaming Valenta’, ‘HSTs@40’ and ‘The Screaming Valentas’ all featured EMT HSTs running with 41001 at GCRN, providing entertainment to thousands of enthusiasts of all ages. Numerous other railtours, also run by volunteer EMT staff in their own time, took their HST fleet where no Inter-City 125 had gone before, all raising money for charitable causes including 125 Group, for which we are most grateful.

As East Midlands Trains draws to a close, we send best wishes to the excellent staff at all levels who are transferring to the new operator, starting a new exciting chapter with East Midlands Railway. We look forward to working with you in the future!

EMT Hospitality for 41001

Today Saturday 29th June, Prototype HST Power Car 41001 is being hauled from Derby Etches Park Depot to Leeds Neville Hill Depot where repairs will be carried out to its Paxman Valenta engine which has a failed cylinder compression ring. We are extremely grateful to East Midlands Trains for moving 41001 and hosting this historic vehicle at their depots, enabling the power car to be worked on under cover, with highly skilled staff and great facilities on-hand.

41001 is the original High Speed Train Power Car, built in 1972 as the forerunner of the immensely successful Inter-City 125. Owned by the National Railway Museum, 125 Group became custodians in 2012 and restored the power car from static museum exhibit to full working order under ‘Project Miller’, much of this work was carried out at Neville Hill. Now based at Great Central Railway (Nottingham), before being taken out of traffic in early May, 41001 had been operating reliably for almost five years. Neville Hill was 41001’s home in 1973/4 during ECML high speed testing and has been at the centre of HST maintenance ever since. Sincere thank you to the kind people of East Midlands Trains, especially Derby Etches Park and Neville Hill Depots for their help.

41001 is being hauled by East Midlands Trains power car 43484 on transit move 5Z50 08+19 Derby Etches Park Depot to Neville Hill Depot via Derby, Duffield, Chesterfield 08/59, Beighton Jn 09/09, Swinton 09/55, Moorthorpe 10/03, Wakefield Westgate 10/17, Leeds 1040-1115, arriving Neville Hill Depot at 1124. The full live schedule courtesy of Realtime Trains can be found HERE.

These are the planned timings, traction and routing, all of which can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, and 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 we can not be held liable. 125 Group is custodian of 41001 which is owned by the National Railway Museum.

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Magnificant Severn

Today the Prototype HST Power Car is leaving the Severn Valley Railway following a magnificent weekend at their Spring Diesel Festival and Mixed Traction Day.

We are sorry, because of its engine issues, 41001 was unable to haul trains however thank you to the SVR for having us and to everyone who came along for cab and engine room visits and kindly donated to our cause. 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches worked passenger services all weekend, we hope you enjoyed the ride and thanks to those who purchased items from our sales stand and bought delicious food and drinks from Buffet 125.

Today (Monday 20th May) 41001 is leaving the SVR on GBRf transit move 0Z43 0941 Kidderminster to Derby Etches Park hauled by 60095 and 66789. The full live schedule courtesy of Realtime Trains can be found HERE.

Tuesday 21st May, 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches 10206, 11074, 12087, 12092 and 12134 will be leaving the SVR on transit move 0811 from Kidderminster to Hotchley Hill/Ruddington GCRN. The full live schedule courtesy of Realtime Trains can be found HERE.

These are the planned timings, traction and routing, all of which can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints, and trains 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 we can not be held liable. 125 Group is custodian of 41001 which is owned by the National Railway Museum.

41001 Withdrawn From All Forthcoming Engagements

125 Group is very sorry to advise that during operation at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala, Prototype HST Power Car 41001 has shown signs of a possible engine issue which requires investigation before any further running. We have regretfully withdrawn it from all forthcoming commitments as a precaution and to prevent any major damage.

This means that 41001 will not be available to haul trains at the forthcoming Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Festival from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May and Mixed Traction Day on Sunday 19th May.

The power car will instead be on static display at these events with the cab and engine room open for public visits. 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches will still be in use as planned, with Buffet 125 and the 125 Group Sales stand on-board. Replacement traction for 41001 will soon be announced by the Severn Valley Railway.

We are bitterly disappointed that 41001, which is owned by the National Railway Museum, will not be entertaining the crowds, hauling trains at the SVR. Following almost five years of reliable operation, the historic power car will be stood down from traffic pending investigation.

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.