Prototype HST Power Car 41001 to return to York

125 Group is very sad to announce that unique Prototype Power Car 41001 will be returning to its owner, the National Railway Museum at York in early November, at the end of the current operating agreement. Despite best efforts, 125 Group and the Science Museum Group have been unable to reach a new agreement and the Science Museum Group has made the decision to terminate the loan.

41001 has been on a considerable journey in the 8 years since 125 Group took custodianship and, under Project Miller, restored the vehicle from a static exhibit to full working order. The power car has operated successfully for almost 5 years, regularly hauling public passenger trains at its home railway Great Central Railway (Nottingham), plus numerous visits to other preserved railways around the UK.

We are grateful to the National Railway Museum for having the foresight and confidence in us, allowing 125 Group to take 41001 on loan and bring her back to life, and are very disappointed that the work undertaken by us will no longer be of use in the future.

Sincere thank you to all of our members, hard working volunteers and loyal supporters who have generously given their own time and funded our operation of 41001. We remain indebted to the multitude of companies in the Railway Industry who have provided substantial valuable help and expert advice which made restoration possible, we are eternally grateful. Thanks also to our hosts throughout 41001’s operations, Great Central Railway (Nottingham).

125 Group was formed 25 years ago with the long term objective of preserving the HST. We already own, maintain and operate a small fleet of Mk3 coaches and hope to acquire at least one Production Power Car in the near future to continue our journey in preservation.

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.

Prototype HST Planned for SVR Visit

Subject to final agreement from the National Railway Museum, we are hoping to have Prototype HST Power Car 41001 at the Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Festival from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May and Mixed Traction Day on Sunday 19th May.

Unique 41001 is planned to work public services between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, hauling five of 125 Group’s Mk3 coaches, recreating the look of the Prototype High Speed Train. 

The air-braked Mk3 vehicles planned to attend are First Open 11074, Standard 12087, 12092 and recently restored 12134, plus catering car 10206 which will be serving delicious hot and cold drinks and snacks from Buffet 125. The weekend will also feature other guest locomotives and the Severn Valley Railway resident fleet, for more details see the SVR website HERE. 

The Prototype HST was built in 1972 and during testing between York and Darlington in 1973 smashed the UK rail and world diesel speed record reaching 143.2mph. It was the fore-runner to the hugely successful InterCity 125 Production HST fleet which revolutionised long distance UK rail travel. 41001 is part of the National Collection, restoration was funded and carried out by 125 Group under the ‘Project Miller’ banner after the power car had spent over 25 years as a static exhibit at York NRM. The power car is fitted with a ‘screaming’ Paxman Valenta engine of the type which originally powered all HSTs.

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. 41001 appears courtesy of and subject to final approval by its owners the NRM. As soon as final confirmation is received it will be announced on 125 Group and SVR websites and social media.