GCRN Diesel Gala

The Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Diesel Gala takes place Sat 14th & Sun 15th Sept featuring home fleet 20154, Class 31 – D5830, 47292 and 56097 (subject to completion of maintenance) PLUS visiting locomotives 33053 courtesy of UKRail along with 20311, 20314 and 37612 courtesy of HNRC.

125 Group’s sleek Mk3 coaches will be in action including recently repainted INTERCITY livery TSOs 12087 and 12134. Our traditional ‘Buffet 125’ will be open on-board the train, serving a selection of delicious breakfast baps followed by burgers, 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 open on-board, selling our latest range of merchandise including our Inter-City 125 Haynes Owners’ Workshop Manual and pre-orders for the 125 Group 2020 Calendar.

For information on tickets, timetables and locomotive roster when available, plus how to get to Great Central Railway (Nottingham), see their website 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.

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.

Join us for GCRN Diesel Gala This Weekend

Preparations underway for the Diesel Gala

Join us this weekend Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July for the Great Central Railway Nottingham Summer Diesel Gala. Starring Prototype High Speed Train power car 41001 and our matching Mk3 coaches (with Mk2a TSO also attached) along with new arrivals 33035, 45060, 47828, plus resident fleet 47292, 47765 and the return of mighty 56097, with brief appearances by E6016 (73110).

A heritage bus service will link East Midlands Parkway National Rail station with Rushcliffe Halt GCRN station. Full information including diesel gala tickets and other bus routes serving GCRN, plus full diesel gala TIMETABLE and LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER are available on the GCRN website.

Free Bus connects HST to HST

A free bus service will make this year’s Great Central Railway Nottingham Diesel Gala even easier to get to, connecting East Midlands Parkway station on the National Rail network with Rushcliffe Halt on the GCRN route. On both Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd July, the heritage bus will make three morning trips from East Midlands Parkway bringing visitors to the gala, later in the afternoon three runs will take folk back again. The bus timetable enables connections with mainline services at East Midlands Parkway and also connects with GCRN trains at Rushcliffe Halt.

The GCRN Diesel Gala features a wide range of traction hauling two rakes of coaching stock providing an hourly service between Ruddington and Loughborough High Level (no station), with trains calling and passing at Rushcliffe Halt where connections will be held between services. Prototype HST power car 41001 and our matching Mk3 coaches (with Mk2a TSO also attached) will feature along with new arrivals 33035, 45060, 47828, plus resident fleet 47292, 47765 and the return of mighty 56097, with brief appearances by E6016 (73110). All trains will have a buffet car and the 125 Group Sales Stand will also be on-board the HST. More information including diesel gala tickets, other bus routes serving GCRN, plus full diesel gala TIMETABLE and LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER are available on the GCRN website.

National Rail services calling at East Midlands Parkway include Inter-City 125 HSTs operated by East Midlands Trains. On Saturday 1st July only, subject to on-time running, this makes it possible to travel by Production High Speed Train from London St.Pancras to East Midlands Parkway, free heritage bus to Rushcliffe Halt, then enjoy riding classic diesels at the GCRN gala including regular runs by our preserved Prototype HST. On Saturday, HSTs departing from St.Pancras at 08:15, 09:15 and 10:15 have connecting buses at East Midlands Parkway. Return buses from Rushcliffe Halt on Saturday connect with the 1643, 1740 and 1840 HSTs from East Midlands Parkway back to London, making for a grand day out! Many other travel options are available, check out the East Midlands Trains website for National Rail train times and tickets. For details of Saturday EMT services booked for HST operation, refer to our HST diagrams. Please note on Sunday 2nd July there is planned engineering work on the Midland Mainline with buses replacing trains between Bedford and Leicester. This means a HST day out from London to East Midlands Parkway will not be possible on the Sunday, and all EMT HST diagrams will also be amended on this day.

Thanks to our fellow preservationists the Nottingham Area Bus Society who are also based at GCRN Ruddington, for running this free heritage bus service, donations welcome on-board. Important – Please note that all reasonable efforts will be made to maintain connections but these are not guaranteed. GCRN, Nottingham Area Bus Society and 125 Group can not be held responsible for losses resulting from missed connections.

GCRN Diesel Gala 1st & 2nd July

The Great Central Railway Nottingham 2017 Diesel Gala takes place on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July with resident Prototype HST power car 41001 and 125 Group’s matching livery Mk3 coaches taking a starring role.

Confirmed visiting locomotives are 33035, 45060 and INTERCITY Swallow 47828, all of which have already arrived on-site at GCRN Ruddington. Home locos 47292 and Scotrail 47765 will also feature, plus brief appearances by electro-diesel E6016 (73110). Class 25 D7629 (25279) will be stand-by engine.

The GCRN Vacuum braked set of coaches will also be in use, enabling an hourly timetable to run with trains calling and passing at Rushcliffe Halt where connections will be held between services, enabling visitors to enjoy all of the traction on offer! All trains will have a buffet car and our Mk3 RFM catering vehicle features ‘Buffet 125’ also serving delicious hot food. The 125 Group Sales Stand will also be on-board.

Visiting GCRN by public transport? These bus routes connect GCRN with the National Rail Network: Kinchbus No.9 serves Ruddington (Business Park A60 Stop) on its way between Nottingham and Loughborough railway stations. Nottingham City Transport (NCT) Navy Line No.1 serves Rushcliffe Halt (Gypsum Works Stop) and also runs to and from Nottingham and Loughborough railway stations. In addition, on Sunday, the NCT Green Line No.10C runs between Nottingham railway station and the entrance gates of GCRN Ruddington.

More information including TIMETABLE and LOCOMOTIVE ROSTER available on the GCRN website HERE.