A well worn phrase but we are now in the position where we really do need donations – preferably substantial – to finish off this job we’ve started. The re-engineering required to make 41001 move is not cheap and there is only so deep pockets will go with those very close to the project.
But hear is your chance to own some history for your donation. We’ve now listed all the remaining electronics modules on ebay from 41001 – so get bidding! Of interest is that we think a few of them are actually from 41002 (although we can’t confirm either way) so even greater interest having part of something that has long since gone.
Links are below to the 6 items and the sales finish next Wednesday.
Following hot on the heals of the control module, we’re now selling the prototype Thyristor Divert Automatic Voltage Regulator (TDAVR) Power Module from 41001 on ebay. The module formed part of the 3 phase train supply regulation system that was installed in the power car during a works visit in 1974 and that eventually led to the production fleet being fitted with a production variant which is almost identical. The TDAVR concept was also used on the Class 56 and refurbished Class 37 so there is a high historical significance to the module. FGW power cars (excluding 43053/056) still use the production version of this module today!
We’re selling the prototype Thyristor Divert Automatic Voltage Regulator (TDAVR) Control Module from 41001 on ebay. The module formed part of the 3 phase train supply regulation system that was installed in the power car during a works visit in 1974 and that eventually led to the production fleet being fitted with a production variant which is almost identical. The TDAVR concept was also used on the Class 56 and refurbished Class 37 so there is a high historical significance to the module. FGW power cars (excluding 43053/056) still use the production version of this module today!
Project Miller would like to thank everyone who came to see 41001 basking in the sunshine at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Diesel Gala at Ruddington over the very warm weekend. This was the first public display of the prototype power car since we restored the Valenta engine to working order and completed repainting. We were pleased to be able to start up the Valenta from time to time, providing splendid entertainment! Visitors were able to enter the driving cab and it was a pleasure to share the story of this historic locomotive.
We are most grateful to our new railway friends at who have given the Project Miller team a very warm welcome to our new home. It was great to meet some of the volunteers on this diverse heritage transport site, which provides a splendid day out for the enthusiast and the whole family. Finally, thankyou to everyone who supported the 125 Group/Project Miller sales stand and took part in our raffle, raising funds for the continued restoration of 41001. Congratulations to Mr.D.South who won the prize of two first class tickets which were kindly donated by East Midlands Trains. Thanks to Gareth Evans of the Western Peak Group who pulled the winning ticket number 124 out of the bag, seen in the photo with 125 Group Chairman Gary Heelas.
Just a reminder that 41001 will be on static display on 28th and 29th September at the GCRN Autumn Diesel Gala at Ruddington. Details on the link below. The Project Miller team will be on hand to answer your questions and give you tours of the cab and innards for a donation. We will also try and have the Valenta engine running during the weekend although we can’t guarantee this as we need to do some remedial work to the Battery Isolation Switch first.
41001 safely arrived at Ruddington yesterday afternoon after an uneventful journey from York in the consist of 0Z41 1140 York NRM to Dereham. The train consisted of 37706 + 55002 + 41001 + D6700. Once at the Network Rail boundary 41001 was taken to Ruddington by Class 25 D7629 and stabled in the depot sidings which will now be its long term home.
There is still a lot of work to do on 41001 to make it operational again, the majority of which is associated with the auxiliary and traction supply systems. This work will take time but as ever we will work as swiftly as we can as volunteers to complete the job we started a little over a year ago.
41001 will be on display to the public at the GCRN Autumn Diesel gala on 28th and 29th September and we will endeavor to have the Valenta engine started occasionally although we cannot guarantee this. We will also be doing tours inside the power car for which we would ask a donation to the restoration fund be made. Obviously the key Project Miller team will be on hand to answer any questions you may have on the restoration project or on HST’s in general. See you there!
For immediate release
The 125 Group and Great Central Railway (Nottingham) Ltd (GCRN), are pleased to announce that agreement has been reached for 125 Group, as custodians of the National Railway Museum’s Prototype High Speed Train (HST) Power Car No 41001, to continue restoration of the power car to operation at GCRN.
GCRN’s engineering and operational capability were both significant factors in 125 GROUP selecting the railway as their future base of operations. The close proximity of Brush Traction (responsible for electrical apparatus in the prototype HST), and the future developments that will see GCRN and GCR link to form an 18-mile railway within the next 5 years were also important and will provide opportunity for the prototype for many years to come.
Phil Stanway of GCRN said: “We are proud that we have been selected by 125 GROUP and the NRM to host this significant national asset. We have a great relationship with NRM following the visit by “City of Truro” in 2010, and can think of no better follow-up than another locomotive famed for setting speed records. 125 GROUP have done a sterling job in restoring the prototype HST, and we are excited that they have selected GCRN to complete that work”.
Gary Heelas of 125 Group said: “We are extremely excited and enthusiastic about moving 41001 to its new home at the GCRN. The team at the railway have been extremely welcoming and we took the decision to base ourselves there with a long term view; GCRN has everything we were looking for in terms of facilities with the possibility of a substantial running length within the coming few years where 41001 can really get into her stride.”
41001 is due to arrive at GCRN from the National Railway Museum (York) on Wednesday September 18th and will then be on show to the public at the GCRN Autumn Diesel Gala on 28th and 29th September. It will be a static display but we will endeavour to have the Valenta engine running at various times throughout the weekend.
We’ve just been informed that 41001 will be on static display in the Great Hall at York for a short period if anyone wishes to go and have a look. The power car innards will not be accessible to the public and obviously it won’t be running. 41001 will be on display until the end of play on 16th September, so you haven’t got long!