Preservation update and Christmas sales

Since our last update, Work has begun on fitting a trial toilet tank to trailer car 42111. We hope that this will be a prelude to fleet wide fitment, thus opening up opportunities to take our set out onto the mainline with passengers. Whilst it has been great to have some running days during 2022 thanks to our friends at Midland Railway – Butterley, the chance for a main-line passenger carrying trip in 2023 will hopefully come to fruition.

The remainder of this year will focus on raising revenue for these essential modifications – and there is no better way than to get some Christmas goodies from our on-line shop.

Our Christmas card packs and calendars are ready to send out and if you really want something a bit more for Christmas, we have our own fabulous books available (125 The Enduring Icon and The InterCity 125 Owner’s Manual), together with a selection of HST DVDs, our range of Swallow and Executive merchandise or our excellent pen and pencil sets. All of these are available via our online shop. Please consider supporting us as we work towards getting our HST out on the mainline and enjoy your Christmas.

Preservation Update – November 2020

Despite a number of challenges during 2020 (including the dreaded COVID-19), 125 Group have been fortunate in being able to continue working towards our aim of preserving HST Powercars and MK3 coaches.

43048, 42111, 40730, 41057 & 43089 at Leicester UKRL

Thanks to the generosity of Porterbrook, we took ownership of 43089 at the end of August. 43089 moved to Leicester and went on temporary hire to DATS in September. This was followed by the transfer of 43048 at the beginning of October. While this was happening, we were also able to secure additional HST MK3 trailers from Porterbrook – TF 41057, TS 42111 and TFRB 40730. These trailers moved to Leicester to join 43089 in early November. 43048 has since joined them, being moved from temporary storage at Long Marston on 18th November.

Our plans for keeping these vehicles safe and operational during the current situation of lockdowns and other COVID restrictions are currently being worked on. Members always get our preservation updates first via email or our OneTwoFive members magazine. You can join online here by direct debit or one-off annual payment to ensure you get the latest 125 Group news first!