On Saturday 13th September 2014 our friends at East Midlands Trains are holding a charity open day at their Etches Park Depot in Derby. 41001 should be attending the event along with the 125 Group sales stand. It is hoped that 41001 will be displayed back to back with an East Midlands Trains HST power car enabling people to view the progress made from prototype to current day. Our engineering and historical experts will be on hand to answer any burning questions or talk you through the power car.
Other exhibits from the preserved world hoping to attend the event are Derby Lightweight DMU ‘IRIS’ from Ecclesbourne Valley Railway and mainline registered D1015 Western Champion. The Midland Railway Centre will be sending a convoy of locos too including Peak D4 and class 25 D7671. Steam locomotives will also be attending the event.
Mainline freight companies are also getting involved, DB Schenker have said they will send either a red or silver liveried Class 67 and Freightliner have also offered a locomotive. Network Rail have promised to send a convoy from their fleet at RVEL opposite Etches Park with Managers Saloon ‘Caroline’ booked to attend along with hopefully a newly re-engineered class 73.
Resident depot Class 08 shunting loco 08899 will also be repainted in LMS style Crimson Lake livery and be named at the event too.
The event will also have the usual trade stands, model rail layouts and local railway history groups.
Project Miller and 125 Group are really looking forward to this great day out that will hopefully raise lots of money for the Railway Children Charity. Tickets are priced at £11 for adults, £7 for children and seniors. Family tickets are also priced available priced at £29 for a family of 4 or 5. Tickets are available as advance only and can be purchased from www.theticketfactory.com