The Midland Venturer

A railtour almost 30 years in the making!

125 Group are thrilled to announce the first main line rail tour using our very own HST!

Running on SATURDAY 28 OCTOBER 2023, the trip will start in the Midlands with calls at Ilkeston, Nottingham, Derby and Sheffield before running along its former route to London St Pancras.

After a break in the capital, we retrace our steps with set downs at Loughborough (connections available for Derby and Sheffield), Nottingham and Ilkeston.

Outbound: Ilkeston (PU 07.48) – Codnor Park Jn – Trowell Jn – Radford Jn – Nottingham P1 (PU 08.30 / RM) – Radford Jn – Trowell Jn – Alfreton – Chesterfield P3 (PU 09.04) – Beighton Jn – Woodburn Jn – Sheffield P8 (PU 09.35) – Chesterfield P2 – Derby P6 (PU 10.16) – Loughborough P2 – Leicester P3 (PU 10.56) – Kettering – Bedford – Luton – London St Pancras P3 (SD 12.06 / break)*

Return: London St Pancras P3 (PU 16.19) – Flitwick P4 – Bedford P2 – Wellingborough P3 – Kettering P2 – Leicester P2 (SD 17.54) – Loughborough P3 (SD 18.14) – Nottingham P3 (SD 18.40 / RM) – Radford Jn – Trowell Jn – Ilkeston (SD 19.16)*

The train will be formed of six trailer vehicles (4 standard, 1 caterer and 1 first class) with power cars MTU 43159 in its stunning Midland Mainline livery and VP185 43089 in EMT colours providing the power. The coaches will utilise our recently installed tanked toilet system to comply with Network Rail standards and our catering vehicle will supply hot and cold food and drinks throughout the trip. The menu for the railtour can be found here. A limited number of first class places are available and a selection of light refreshments will be included in the booking price for First Class (Update: FC is now full).

Bookings are being handled for us by our good friends at the Branch Line Society. 125 Group members are asked to add their membership number on the booking which can be made here.

*Please note the routing and timings are subject to change and are correct at time of posting.

GCRN Meet the Fleet – Sat 19th & Sun 20th August

125 Group will be taking part in GCRN’s Meet the Fleet event at Ruddington this coming weekend, Sat 19th and Sun 20th August 2023. Why not come along and take the opportunity to see 43025 & 43044 up close including the opportunity for cab visits? Our sales stand will also be present with the first chance to grab our 2024 calendar among other items!

All the details can be found on the GCRN website here.

For members, we will also be holding our Annual General Meeting on Sat 19th at 14:00 in one of our MK3 coaches (OTF issue 143 has the agenda), we look forward to seeing you there.