Special Guests and EMT Power Cars for GCRN HST40 event This Saturday

East Midlands Trains teams up with the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to celebrate 40 years of the High Speed Train

  • Special event to take place on Saturday 19 November
  • East Midlands Trains working in partnership with the 125 Group and the Great Central Railway (Nottingham)
  • Event will help to raise some valuable funds for the charity Railway Children
  • Commemorative plaque to be unveiled on East Midlands Trains power car
  • Guest appearance by Stagecoach Rail Managing Director , Tim Shoveller, who will be helping to shunt trains for the day

East Midlands Trains will be teaming up with the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group to mark the 40th anniversary of the High Speed Trains (HSTs).  A special event will take place at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) on Saturday 19 November where a visiting East Midlands Trains HST will be doing trips throughout the day.

The HST, which will be made up of power car 43048, plus two coaches attached to a prototype power car (41001) and the 125 Group’s three Mk3 coaches, will be doing four round trips on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) throughout the day. It will be the first time this formation of train has operated on this line and it is expected to be very popular with visitors.

The event will run from 10am until 5pm at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham), which is located on Mere Way in Ruddington and day tickets for the event are priced at £12. The chosen charity for the day is Railway Children and in addition to receiving a percentage of the ticket sales, Railway Children will also be selling railway themed Christmas cards and other items on the day to help raise valuable funds for the charity. Power car 43082 which carries the Railway Children name will also be on display at Ruddington and open for cab visits for most of the day.

Special Guests will include two retired engineers who were key to the development of the High Speed Train which was designed in the East Midlands back in the early 1970s: Ron Whalley produced the revolutionary brake control system which enabled the train to stop rapidly from 125mph, and Greg Lilleker who led the commissioning of the Prototype HST and mainline tests including a record-breaking 143mph run. In a ceremony at 1115 at Ruddington station, a plaque will be unveiled on the side of East Midlands Trains power car 43048 to commemorate the 40th year of HST operation.

In addition, there will be a special appearance from Tim Shoveller, Managing Director of Stagecoach Rail, who will be getting his hands dirty and helping to shunt trains around. Chris Wright, new Director of Engineering for East Midlands Trains and a selection of East Midlands Trains Managers and Drivers will also be volunteering on the day to help ensure that as well as helping to celebrate 40 years of the HSTs, the event raises as much money as possible for Railway Children.

Darren Ward, Head of Drivers for East Midlands Trains, who helped to mastermind East Midlands Trains involvement in the event, said: “Our HSTs remain a firm favourite with many people, and along with the rest of the industry we wanted to celebrate their heritage and at the same time raise some valuable funds for one of our favourite charities.

“We’re all looking forward to playing our part in Saturday’s event and it’s a great opportunity to get our Rail Managing Director, Tim Shoveller, out getting his hands dirty! We’d like to thank the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group for letting us take part in such a great event.”

Gary Heelas, Chairman of the 125 Group, added: “We’re thrilled to team up with our good friends at East Midlands Trains again and are very grateful for the loan of 2 HST power cars and 2 Mk3 coaches for the day to join our own Mk3 fleet and prototype power car 41001.  “We’re also delighted that East Midlands Trains could also invite their nominated charity, Railway Children, along to do some pre-Christmas fund raising.   With five warm coaches, a full buffet service and two generations of Paxman engines as well it promises to be an excellent day.”

Dave Ellis, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Railway Children, said “We are so grateful for the invitation to be part of this exciting celebration and to share something more of our work with those involved. We would like to express our gratitude to East Midlands Trains, Great Central Railway (Nottingham) and the 125 Group for the wonderful opportunity to be involved in helping mark this important anniversary year.

“Over the last 20 years, we have helped over 270,000 vulnerable street children across East Africa, India and the UK and any funds raised at this event will go towards helping us continue this valuable work.”

For more information about the event visit www.gcrn.co.uk or www.125group.org.uk.

Hybrid HSTs @40 – Saturday 19th November

EMT and Prototype HSTs ©125 Group

Saturday 19th November will see a special hybrid High Speed Train operating public services at Great Central Railway (Nottingham) to celebrate 40 Years of the iconic Inter-City 125. For this charity event, East Midlands Trains are kindly lending two of their power cars and two Mk3 coaches, funds raised will benefit 125 Group and Railway Children. The special HST formation will consist of an EMT power car at one end of the train, Prototype power car 41001 at the other, and coaches from both EMT and 125 Group in between, the first time such a combination has ever been seen. The hybrid HST will work public trains over the former Great Central Mainline, through the scenic Nottinghamshire countryside, making four return trips between Ruddington and Loughborough High Level. Confirmed Timetable below.

‘Buffet 125’ on-board our Mk3 RFM coach 10206 will be serving hot bacon rolls and burgers, hot and cold beverages plus alcoholic drinks including real ale. The 125 Group sales stand will also be open on the train, selling HST merchandise including badges, power car artwork and DVDs. Tickets are available on-line or on-board, reduced fares apply for 125 Group and GCRN members on production of a valid membership card, also for EMT staff with ID. 1st Class Upgrade available on the day. The second EMT power car will be on display all day at Ruddington, open for cab visits in return for a donation to Railway Children who will also have Xmas cards and other items for sale during the day. We are also expecting some special guests who were part of the original HST story 40 years ago and between 1115 and 1145 there will be an unveiling of a ’40 YEARS’ plaque, sponsored by 125 Group, on an EMT power car to mark this important anniversary year. More on the event, tickets and location here: www.gcrn.co.uk

We are very grateful to East Midlands Trains for their kind support. We hope you can join us and celebrate 40 years of the Inter-City 125 High Speed Train, the UK’s most successful train, while raising funds for Railway Children which does such great work fighting for street children abroad and at home. More information on Railway Children here: www.railwaychildren.org.uk