Thank you to everyone who came to see 41001 at ‘Derby 175′ Etches Park open day on Saturday. The prototype power car was on display coupled back-to-back with East Midland’s trains production power car 43048, which appropriately carries the name ‘T.C.B. Miller MBE’. 125 Group Project Miller volunteers stewarded both cabs and it was a pleasure to talk with so many enthusiastic visitors.
Congratulations to East Midlands Trains, the open day organisers, staff, volunteers and other exhibitors for running such a fantastic event, giving their time raising funds for The Railway Children charity. Special thanks to everyone who purchased merchandise, made donations to Project Miller or, like East Midlands Trains MD David Horne, joined up as members of 125 Group!
During the day we were pleased to start up the Prototype’s Paxman Valenta engine and for the very first time, 41001 was connected in multiple with 43048 and both engines were started from 41001′s cab. We are also delighted that after the show, the two power cars were driven for a short distance on depot, for the first time ever running in multiple, an historic day.
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On Monday (15th September) 41001 will be making the journey back home to Ruddington where restoration work will continue to make it ready for service hauling trains on the Great Central Railway (Nottingham). The class 20 hauled convoy is planned to depart from Etches Park at 1120 and run via Toton, Butterley (1223-1323), Loughborough South Junction (1410-1415) and onto the GCR(N). Please bear in mind that these are the planned timings and routing but they can change at short notice on the day subject to operational constraints and the train may run early or late. The full schedule and current reporting is available courtesy of the ‘Realtime Trains’ website: Schedule