The 125 Group Project Miller team have now just about recovered from the excitement of last weekend, 41001′s fantastic public launch at the Great Central Railway (Nottingham)! The Prototype High Speed Train Power Car performed faultlessly for the two days, working its first public trains since completion of our restoration, following a break of almost 30 years. 41001 made a total of seven return trips over the former mainline between Ruddington and Loughborough High Level, running top’n’tail with loco’ 56097.
This was also the first public outing for 125 Group’s recently acquired fleet of Mk3 coaches: First Class Open 11074, Restaurant First Modular 10206 and Tourist Second Open 12092. A cold buffet service was provided from the RFM, and sales of Miller’s Pride real ale were brisk! The 125 Group sales stand was also popular on-board.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and came along for a ride. We very much appreciate the complementary comments about 41001, and the Mk3s which we have worked hard to make presentable in the eight weeks since they arrived at Ruddington following years of storage at Long Marston. Sincere thanks also to the ‘Grid’ team and our friends at GCR(N) for their work behind the scenes, and a special mention is due for the small gang of volunteers who worked tirelessly to get Mk2a 5376 ready for operation, this smart looking coach was also in the air-braked consist all weekend.
During the two days, 41001 accumulated over 60 miles of powering trains, hauling its load of 270 tonnes – more than a power car normally has to handle on the mainline. The original type Valenta engine clocked up over 15 hours of problem free running, testament to the hard work of our restoration volunteers and not forgetting the valuable help which Project Miller has received from the railway industry, for which we continue to be most grateful. All being well, 41001 will be in action at the GCR(N) Summer Diesel Gala on 11th/12th July, keep an eye on their website for details www.gcrn.co.uk
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