Next Pagerailway videos page Home Page Next Page
Railways around Peterborough and The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Great Central Nottingham

125 Project Miller Sunday 24th May 2015


 UK National railway


Heritage Railways


The prototype High speed train power car 41001

The prototype High speed train power car 41001 is now (2015) at the Great Central Nottingham.
On Sunday the 22nd of May 2015 it made its first public runs since being restored. The photo above is of it returning to Ruddington on its first run. The other power car was not saved . The mark 3s have since been repainted to match the HST power car.
This power car has been restored by the 125 group's as "Project Miller". Project Miller, was named after the original designer of the train Terry Miller.
The 125 Group prototype HST Power Car 41001 is on long term loan from the National Railway Museum for restoration and return to working order.
The Initial work on the restoration of 41001 took place at East Midlands Trains at their Neville Hill Depot in Leeds.
In September 2013 41001 the power was moved to the Great Central Railway North Ruddington depot, where the completion of the vehicles restoration and commissioning into service took place.
The 125 Group formation was in 1994 and it has sinced worked hard to raise the profile of the HST with the aim of securing the preservation one of the sets, for future generations.
A class 56 was used at the other end. Perhaps in time a second power car will be found.
Today HST's are still in every day service with Virgin East Coast and East Midland Trains and First Great Western. also with  Cross Country and Grand Central and even Network Rail with a HST test train.
New engines have been fitted in the every day HST's together many new parts so they will still be needed for the next few years.
This HST power car and its 3 Mark 3s went to The Mid-Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala on the 1st 2nd and 3rd of April 2016.
The HST power car also went to the Nene Valleys Diesel Gala on the 8th 9th and10th of April 2016
 The Prototype HST was at the 'Stockton and Darlington 150 Cavalcade' in 1975
Prototype HST power car in 1975
Prototype HST power ??? car taking part in the Stockton and Darlington 150 Cavalcade in 1975
I am not sure which power car this is, but it was at the Shildon end of the train. It does not look very clean and  looks like it had an oil leak.  Note that these prototype HSTs had buffers which the number is behind. The number is not clear at the rear of the power car.
Heritage centre at Ruddington
This Heritage centre is at Ruddington which is just to the south of Nottingham on the old Great central Main line.
This is the northern railway of the Great Central Railway. It is coming on leaps and bounds. Every time you visit something has been done. There is now a run of about 5 miles to Rushcliffe Halt near the British Gysum Works near East Leak. this will be nine miles later
At Ruddington a new platform has been built and an engine shed.There are buildings which were built by the MOD.As well as railway engines, classic heritage buses and cars are also kept and repaired on the site. There is also a miniature railway.
The railway at the Notingham transport Heritage Centre Ruddington is part of a Country Park.
The railway hopes it will soon join up with the southern section of The Great Central at Loughborough. This is easier said than done. The Midland Mainline railway line will have to be crossed together with a canal and a road.
This will I hope can be started in 2015 . But it depend on funds, as the cost of the bridges will be in millions of pounds and the line will have to run though the middle of the GCR engine shed. Todays engine shed will have to be moved and a new shed built.
Mainline Freight trains trains still run to the British Gysum Works near East Leak from the Midland Mainline at Loughborough. Hopefully joint working of this part of the line can be worked out or two tracks may be needed on this part of the line with one for GCR and one for network rail.
There are plans for a station called Loughborough High Level not far from were the new bridge will be built. This  will be ideal for the main line station.
Next Page

Top of This Page

Home Page


Updated 23/4/2016

 This website is it is a webe site on railways, but it is not just on trains, but all things railways, with photos, which I have taken from the 1970s till now. I take photos of all things railways, steam diesel and electric trains, wagons like this page, any thing that is on the National Rail network, which was BR when I started taken photos.

Today Virgin East Coast, East Midland Trains trains and DRS are just some of the names on the trains. These names keep changing, but that means I have to keep taking photos. I also take photos of preserved railways with steam diesel and electric trains.There is lots more to add and I keep taking More!