125 Preservation Debut Running Day

Sunday 9th July sees the first public running of 125 Preservation’s HST at Nene Valley Railway.

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The 125 arrived at Nene Valley in January and a small team has worked tirelessly to get it ready for visitors.

The class 43 powercars last operated with Colas Rail, but before that were part of the Midland Mainline fleet for many years.

43045 “The Grammar School Doncaster AD1350” and 43060 “County of Leicestershire” will both be operating on the day.

Two of the coaches operating in the train are from the Prototype HST dating from 1972 (42000, 41002), so although they look modern they are actually 51 years old!

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Currently fitted with GNER/VTEC/LNER standard class seating, the team have rearranged the seats inside the vehicles into groups of 4. 

The GWR buffet car, dating from 1976 was the first built production MK3 buffet car (40001) and has full leather seating. They will be serving hot and cold snacks and drinks, as well as selling a selection of souvenirs – mugs, keyrings, badges etc.

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